BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL – It was possible to do a little time travel last Saturday simply by walking from the bounce houses and snow-cone booths to the teepee and covered wagon across the park.
As part of 2013’s Handcart Days, Bountiful City Park was filled with fun for kids, from carnival swings to slides and more.
Interested families also got a taste of history and a chance to pet a skunk hide, duck into a teepee, or watch demonstrations on spinning wool and starting fires.
“I enjoy teaching people about their history and helping them to understand how important history is,” said Grey Fox, also known as Jim Sherman.
Sherman dressed as a mountain man for the event, something he does often for school groups and others interested in history.
The connection between Native Americans, the early trappers and the Mormon pioneers has especially fascinated him.
“The Native Americans aided in oh, so many ways,” he said, helping not only the mountain men but the early pioneers.
Even going back to the expedition of Lewis and Clark, he said, you see a dynamic example of how the Native American Sacajawea helped the explorers as they traversed the continent.
Mountain men also played a role in settling the area thanks to their knowledge of the land.
“There’s a connection,” he said. “They’re all tied together in the success of this effort to bring the saints to the valley.”
Sherman has met people from places as diverse as Mexico, England and Serbia, who come to Handcart Days to learn more about the history of the area.
“I do this because I can recreate the past in a way that is educational,” he said. “It’s a chance to open the door internationally. It teaches visually as well as verbally.”