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Keynote Presentation: The Art and Culture of the Black Indians of New Orleans

Friday, Jun 9 9:15 – 10:15 in Loyola University - Nunemaker Auditorium

Join us for an depth discus­sion with Queen Elenora Rukiya” Brown and Big Chief Howard Miller of the Creole Wild West about the tradi­tion of African Amer­i­cans masking in suits inspired by Native Amer­i­can tradi­tion. The discus­sion will touch upon the history, craft, music and poli­tics of this uniquely New Orleans tradi­tion. We will also discuss the artist-audi­ence dialog that takes place in real time between the Mardi Gras Indians and their commu­nity when­ever the Indians hit the streets.

Learn About Big Chief Allison Tootie” Montana — Spiritual Leader of the Mardi Gras Indians

He was the Big Chief of the Yellow Poca­hon­tas Tribe and made the culture of the Mardi Gras Indians about pageantry rather than combat display.