Friday, August 2, 2019

The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift

The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift was a camping, hiking and handicraft group with ambitions to bring world peace.
It was the first of three movements in England associated with the charismatic artist and writer John Hargrave (1894–1982). The Kindred was founded in 1920. Some members continued into Hargrave's Green Shirt Movement for Social Credit, which was established in 1931–32, and which became in 1935 the Social Credit Party of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This was wound up in 1951.
The words Kibbo Kift come from archaic Cheshire dialect used to indicate 'proof of great strength'. The group's initials have led some to assume a relationship to the Ku Klux Klan but this has no basis in fact (and Hargrave took great pains to correct this misapprehension in the popular press during the group's lifetime).
Kibbo Kift had interests in regional geography and world culture that coexisted with passionate ideas about national identity. The group has been claimed to be 'the only genuine English national movement of modern times'.

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