Sat, Oct 07|
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Music and Material Culture Workshop
Big Chief Juan Pardo of the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians leads a workshop with students on the intricate beading and sewing that is central to New Orleans musical tradition.
Time & Location
Oct 07, 2023, 4:00 PM
Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS 39564, USA
About The Event
Open to students/caregivers of all ages!
Big Chief Juan Pardo of the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians leads a workshop with students on the intricate beading and sewing that is central to New Orleans musical tradition. He'll introduce both the art form and the larger history, and students will leave with their own beaded piece.
Mardi Gras Indian Tribes emerged as tightly knit communities of African-American performers and artisans who had been excluded from mainstream Carnival festivities. These Tribes founded their own secret societies and parades. Core to this cultural legacy are regalia, dance, and music, which keep alive African traditions while paying homage to the Native American tribes who once shielded formerly-enslaved peoples from recapture.
As influential as the Mardi Gras Indians have been to the aesthetics and flair of Mardi Gras, they are equally as influential in the development of New Orleans music. As the late New Orleans legend Dr. John put it, “New Orleans music is Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, and Mardi Gras Indian.”
Free to the public. All materials provided.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the NEA and the Mississippi Arts Commission. Additional support comes from the R&B Feder Foundation, Rain Residential, Gulf Hills Hotel & Resort, Balch & Bingham, Chandeleur Island Brewing Company, Mitchell Distributing, Allen Beverages, Cathead Distillery, Gearbox Entertainment, and Mobile Recording LA LLC.
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