Members of Horde Ernak are active in various history groups. The main group that we participate in is the SCA. The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit educational organization that researches and re-creates pre-17th century skills, arts, combat and culture. Within the SCA, many people join unofficial groups called “households” because they share a common interest. Horde Ernak (also called the Hun Horde) is such a household.
Horde Ernak formed in 1986 in California. We are proud to say that we were the very first Hun Horde in the entire SCA and the first Horde of any kind on the U.S. west coast. This makes Horde Ernak one of the oldest and most established Hordes in the SCA. As a group, we are a tribal people with our own customs, traditions, and culture.
The Horde camp depicts Huns from 5th century CE; living north of the Black Sea in the eastern wing of the Hunnic Empire. These Huns controlled the lucrative fur trade along the Silk Road and were formidable warriors.
The name “Ernak” comes from a Hunnic legend. Ernak was the name of Attila’s favorite son. The shamans saw greatness in Ernak and foretold that the Huns would eventually be scattered to the four winds, but that with Ernak they would be reunited again. Because of this legend, Ernak is the name of our Horde- as we are the Huns gathered again. The name “Ernak” means “great hero” in Oghuric Turkic which was the dominant language of the Empire. Horde Ernak is the “Horde of the Heroic People”.
Joining the Horde:
Horde Ernak has three types of memberships/associations that all have different requirements. The Horde can be quite a commitment so it is not for everyone. If you think you might be interested in joining; it is suggested that you spend time in our camp so we can get to know you and so you can learn about the ways of our tribe. Then, approach the Khan or a Horde officer and let us know that you are interested in learning more about joining Horde Ernak.
We are a tight-knit, sworn brotherhood and so we require that we know you in the real world and not just as an online acquaintance.