New Orleans Black Indians: a case study in the arts

United States, 1983

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Episode number 22 of Series “Faces of culture”.
Folk art is made by ordinary people. One function of folk art is to express ethnicity and this is nowhere more dramatically evident than amongst the descendants of the black slaves and the North American Indians at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Neighbourhood groups organise themselves into tribes and spend many weeks in preparing elaborate costumes which are paraded in rivalry to the main parade in downtown New Orleans. The costumes are works of art whose designs are often symbolic and confer status on the wearers. The tradition has endured for over a hundred years yet is forever evolving.


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Coast Community College District

Holt, Rinehart and Winston


Ira R. Abrams



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Faces of culture

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Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → African Americans

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Indians of North America

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → New Orleans (La.)

Crafts & Visual Arts → African American art

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → African Americans

Music & Performing Arts → Costume

Music & Performing Arts → Mardi Gras

Places → New Orleans (La.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States






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