As in photograph with the War Chief, not 1.5 oz of Fernet with that strange looking bartender at that hipster dive you regularly frequent.
We posted about this on our Facebook page last week, but I thought this deserved another entry since it highlights a pretty interesting period of American history. I don’t know how many Americans pay attention in high school anymore, but the War of 1812 was kind of a big deal. Dissatisfied with complete independence and sovereignty, the newborn US declared war on their former keepers for a number of reasons, including (but not limited to) the British restricting trade (due to, ya know, trying to stop Napoleon from taking over the world) and supporting Native American tribes against American expansion.
Yeah- not our finest hour.
America proceeded to basically annoy the British for two years until Britain finally defeated Napoleon (that guy just did not stop) and decided to invade America (again), eventually sacking the Capital in 1814. Wacky British.
While all of this was going on, there was a lot of back-and-forth between the Native American tribes and American expansionism, and one of the historic personages that stood out was Shawnee War Chief Tecumseh, who fought (albeit on the side of the British) against American forces to maintain and keep the Native American territories, well, Native.
Which brings us to this interesting junaio channel, “Tecumseh”, developed by Steve Bull. Users can use the image above to launch an augmented reality experience that lets you take a photo with the War Chief, and lets you decide where you stand on his beliefs. Steve Bull will be presenting this in an academic forum in New York City in the coming weeks, and we’ll make sure to keep you all updated.
Good work Steve, and looking forward to your future projects!