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Rex Regards the Tribes of Burning Man:

Since Accuracy Third is, to whatever degree, an historical undertaking, I do a lot of thinking about the history of the event, and how it came about. Nobody ever said "hey, let's throw an annual art party on a dry lake bed in the middle of nowhere." The Burn just sort of happened, and it happened at first by the joining of two adjacent tribes of weirdos: The Cacophony Society, and the oddball San Francisco art scene. Of course, these two tribes overlap, and there is some acrimony regarding who gets to take credit for the genesis of this thing, but that isn't what I'm interested in here. What I'm fascinated by is how a group of Anarchist Street Theater types, and a bunch of bohemian artists birthed a Periodic Autonomous Zone, and the other groups that were attracted to our little slice of Chaos.

In my estimation there are no less than 12 distinct, but not exclusive, tribes that make up the event:

  • The Cacophony Society: This is one of the foundational tribes, and the one most responsible for the genesis of the event. Their prankishness, sense of play, commitment to self-definition and self-reinvention, and anarchic spirit are the core, the soul of the event. Anyone who wants to understand the history and nature of Burning Man must explore The Cacophony Society (and its precursor The Suicide Club) and the events that precede Zone Trip #4.

  • The San Francisco Arts Scene: Larry and his sculpture are the Moses & his Tablets of our cult, without a doubt. The aesthetic underpinning of Burning Man is rooted in the bohemian artistic scene of San Francisco, which is as much represented by the old driftwood sculptures that once dotted the Emeryville Salt Flats as by Ferlinghetti, Grace Slick, or Jello Biafra.

  • Ravers: Arguably the first folks to "ruin" Burning Man, The kids who had been throwing parties in warehouses, factories, and out of the way campsites were not going to be excluded from this rager in the lake bed. Once an intrusive element, rave/techno/EDM/oonce-oonce culture is now fully integrated into the fabric of BRC.

  • Hippies: Without fail, each and every one of us who comes to the Burn is some form of Hippie. The level of patchouli, tie-dye, and woo-woo varies from individual to individual, but if you claim to not own some kind of crystal, and you've been to more than one burn, you're both a hippie and a liar. [Ed. note: D-day does not own any sort of crystal. When D-day finds crystals, he gives them to his mom. (Author’s response: Lies!)]

  • Punks: Our city absolutely could not exist with the hard work of the shiftless train-riding, squat-living, barely-employable free folk in the black leather. Since day one, there has been a powerful contingent of fuck-yer-day punks in BRC, and not just in DPW. Some of the very finest in Playa Chaos has been perpetrated by these fine crusty kids.

  • Techies: The Silicon Valley revolution has its roots in the hippie scene in the bay area, and it makes nothing but sense that Burning Man would attract Silicon Slingers and Pixel Pushers in droves. Their obsessive tinkering has been a huge factor in the growth of our artistic efforts.

  • Outdoorsies: Camping on the Playa is extreme - not scaling a mountain extreme, but still no joke. We couldn't help but attract a big contingent of folks who test their own limits in the outdoors just for fun. Ultra-marathoners get included in this tribe by default.

  • Anarchists: In the old days (says Rex, stroking his long grey beard,) the political side of the burn was far more prevalent. Hardly a conversation could be had that didn't reference Hakim Bey's Temporary Autonomous Zone (read it ya philistines!) BRC was an experiment in living with as little hierarchy as could be managed, and many folk were attracted by that alone.

  • Libertarians: Same as above, but with less imagination. I'm looking at you, Grover Norquist.

  • Festies: Though we continue to claim that Burning Man isn't a festival, that doesn't mean that kids for whom festivals are a way of life aren't going to add us into their rotation. It is incumbent upon the rest of us to properly socialize these poor, spiritually deprived youths.

  • Ren Faire Folk: Change the silver mesh for burgundy brocade, the PBR for mead, and "fuck yer day" for "gramercy," and is there really any difference between the Burn and Ren Faire? Of course, there's tons, but damned if there isn't plenty of overlap. Tent cities are just home for a certain type of people.

  • Tourists: AKA yahoos, AKA frat boys, AKA weekend warriors, AKA turn-keyers, AKA spring-breakers. They'll always come, and the best we can do is try to induct a small percentage of them into one of our tribes, and hope it turns out well.

So clearly, I made 12 tribes in kind of an arbitrary way. Where do theater people fit? Should libertarians even be on this (or any,) list? Let me know your thoughts on social media or in our inbox.

It's a Picture Party!

Hot Fuzz, in his element.

Hot Fuzz, beside the finger scissors.