Episode 113: I’m The Prettiest! Mardi Gras Indians

Everything you’ve ever heard about New Orleans Mardi Gras is true. The floats, the beads, the craven apocalypse party – that is all there. What’s more surprising, is that there are parts of Mardi Gras that you haven’t heard of. Join us this week as we explore the secretive culture of the Mardi Gras Indians, and their role in creating the unique character of the city.

Ep 113





Want to Use My Suit? Then Throw Me Something – Campbell Robertson – NYT – 2010

Mardi Gras Indians: A New Orleans Tradition – CNN – 2015

He’s The Prettiest: A Tribute To Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana’s 50 Years Of Mardi Gras Indian Suiting – Folklife in Louisiana

Mardi Gras Indians: can cultural appropriations occur on the margins – Native Appropriations

Mardi Gras Indian Queens stake their claim to an essential role in a singular New Orleans tradition – MardiGras.com

A Colorful Farewells for the Chief of Chiefs – Katy Reckdahl – NYT – 2005

Louisiana Anthology Podcast – 232 – Jeroen Dewulf – 2017

The Mardi Gras Indian Council – Film & Archives

Tootie Montana – Know Louisiana

300 unique New Orleans moments: Big Chief Tootie Montana revamps nature of Mardi Gras Indians – New Orleans Advocate – 2017

Chief Tootie Montana Dies of a Heart Attack at a City Council Meeting

Danny Barker – My Indian Red (Mardi Gras Indian song example, comments, lyrics) Edited by Azizi Powell – Pancocojams

Sew pretty: Studying Mardi Gras Indian culture suits Behrman Charter students just fine – New Orleans Advocate – 2017

Living Legends: The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans – Intelligent Travel

93-year-old Mardi Gras Indian still sewing after 80 years – NOLA.com

Wild Creation – Bitter Southerner

Super Sunday 2017: The history behind Mardi Gras Indian tradition and culture – Curbed

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME! – American Routes WWNO

Mardi Gras Indians: Culture and Community Empowerment By Michael Smith – Folklife in Louisiana

New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians Mediating Racial Politics from the Backstreets to Main Street Cynthia Becker

All on a Mardi Gras Day: Episodes in the History of New Orleans Carnival By Reid MITCHELL

Iko Iko: In Search Of Jockomo – Drew Hinshaw – Offbeat

Dr John’s Prognosis – Smithsonian

DR. JOHN: RIGHT MEDICINE : Mac Rebennack, Alias the Night Tripper, Knows How to Cure New Orleans Blues – LA Times

1968: When Mac Rebennack first conjured Dr. John – Times Picayune

Home-grown and Spirit-raised – The Economist

Mardi Gras Indian Influence on the Music of New Orleans

Music of Mardi Gras Indians – Smithsonian Folkways

What are the Mardi Gras Indians, how many are there and what is their history? – Gambit

Mardi Gras Indian Queens stake their claim to an essential role in a singular New Orleans tradition

Mardi Gras Indians: can cultural appropriation occur on the margins? – Native Appropriations


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