Monday, April 1, 2013

Super Sunday, The Mardi Gras Indians

This has been a busy year! With a new wedding season in the imminent future I've taken some vacation / work time to explore one of my favorite cities in the world, New Orleans. Since being here I've partaken in some wonderful experiences, but my favorite thus far has been photographing the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday. The Indian walk always happens on the third Sunday of March.
The history of the New Orleans Indian's began on Mardi Gras in 1885, when fifty to sixty Plains Indians marched in native attire on the streets of New Orleans. "Later that year, the first Mardi Gras Indian gang was formed; the tribe was named “The Creole Wild West” and was most likely composed of members of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show."-Wiki
Since the tradition began, it has evolved into one of the most impressive cultural displays I've ever been privileged to see. The bead work and costuming, done entirely by hand is awe inspiring. I was overwhelmingly touched by this prideful tradition which is transcendent through the generations. But beyond all that, what a show!
The Indians come to join the parade one "gang" at a time, many singing or chanting poetry. The tradition calls for the Indians to "face off" in a demonstration of who is the "prettiest" Indian, but each tribe has it's own style and presentation unique to itself.

Quote of the day: "I'm gonna knock 'em dead, knock 'em dead with my needle and thread!"

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