Jackie Bowne

Occupation: 4th year Kinesiology student at MUN

Age: 32

Home town: Neptune, New Jersey

Musical preferences:
Sarah McLaughlan, Guns N’ Roses, techno, medieval music, jazz… “I listen to just about everything.”

Last book read:
Days of Infamy by Harry Turtledove

Zodiac sign:

Words of wisdom:
“Living well is the best revenge.”

The story:
As a member of NL’s chapter of The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), Jackie’s persona can change. Sometimes she might introduce herself as Jackie Bowne the student, or as Anne von Hellestal, a 15th century German girl “who loves wearing dresses and loves flirting with the guys,” or as Suikazura, a traditional 13th century Japanese woman.

The SCA, originally founded in California in the 60s, is a worldwide group that recreates pre-17th century history and culture through costume and activities. The local chapter, The Shire of Ar n-Eilean-ne, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Jackie serves as a group officer for both the local chapter, and MUN’s SCA student group.

Jackie was introduced to the idea back in New Jersey, where the mom of a high school friend practiced archery with the group. Jackie dabbled with it too, but life eventually got in the way.
“I got into the military, got married, got out of the military, got divorced,” she explains.
“When I was in the military, I had been stationed in Japan,” she says. “I had done martial arts in high school, so I was really interested in Japanese culture.”

After a move back home, she met an SCA member with a Japanese persona in her home town. Pretty soon she was making her own Japanese clothing. Then she got into traditional fighting, and got back into archery.

“[The SCA] gives you that freedom, and that outlet, to be uninhibited,” she says.

Jackie and others will be performing a mock medieval battle as part of the ARTFUSiON Festival in Mount Pearl on Sept. 15 at 2:30pm, and will have a static display set up all afternoon. The festival will take place in and around Mount Pearl City Hall.

– Emilie Bourque