Battles and Big Chiefs: More History of the Mardi Gras Indians

Skeleton Rifle Indian photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans. Licensed under CC 2.0

As I started writing about in my last post, the Mardi Gras Indians are one of the most fascinating and intense facets of Carnival in New Orleans. There are a lot of reasons the tradition continues and people still "mask as Indian." Back in the day the tribes or gangs as they were called back then, would do actual battle in the street. Rival gangs fought it out with fists, knives, hatchets or worse, and there was much fear surrounding these altercations. The Violence came to an end however, with … [Read more...]

Why the Mardi Gras Indians Won’t Bow Down

Mardi Gras Indian Katrina Suit photo by Lilith Dorsey 2010.

Strong, Powerful, Proud: all of these words have been correctly used to describe the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. The tradition is older than the city itself. Some say its origins date back to the 1700's, but like much of the city's history, everyone loves to debate it. The names are as exotic as the costumes: Guardians of the Flame, the Black Seminoles, Creole Hunters, Wild Tchoupitoulas, Golden Eagles, Wild Magnolia, and the Flaming Arrows to name a few. There are over 50 tribes in the … [Read more...]

Mardi Gras: Start It Rite with Voodoo Mojo Juice and More!

Bead Vomit 2010 photo by Lilith Dorsey.

Gearing up for Mardi Gras with mind, body, and spirits for the spirits! The Times-Picayune called last night's Krewe Du Vieux “Deliciously Disrespectful.” We can all start to get in the mood, and join in the fun with... New Orleans Voodoo Mojo Juice. This is my own sacred recipe for this popular party concoction!   1 oz. Pineapple juice (blessing and protection) 1 oz. Coconut Rum ( for opportunity and to honor the ancestors) 1 dash orange curacao ( orange is traditionally … [Read more...]


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