May 2, 2008 The Pour House, Charleston, South Carolina
Moonalice poster by Ron Donovan
According to Moonalice legend, Charleston was a major hub of tribal trading in the 18th century, when the American Revolution began. When the British imposed the Tea Act on the colonies in 1773, two towns rebelled. Everyone knows the story of the Boston Tea Party (Moonalice legend 11-1-07), but the story of the Charleston Revolt remains clouded in mystery. As in Boston, the raiding was the work of Moonalice tribe members. Unlike Boston, the product they seized turned out to be hemp, which explains why they “impounded” it, rather than tossing it into the harbor. As usual, history makes much more sense through the lens of the Moonalice legend.