mardi gras indians

MARDI GRAS INDIANS, a 2019 exhibition of works by painter Robert Freeman and photographer Max Stern that celebrates a history of New Orleans parades, coinciding with the City’s 300th anniversary, has completed it's runs at the Adelson Galleries Boston and at the The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists.

Regis College's Fine Arts Center hosted Mardi Gras Indians and Other Works by Robert Freeman.

Many consider the parades of the Mardi Gras (or “Black”) Indians to be the true heartbeat of New Orleans. Although associated by name with Mardi Gras, the Black Indians are a distinct culture who partake of rituals going back centuries. Something of an underground society of uncertain origin with its own language, rites, and ceremonies, Mardi Gras Indians continue to transform the streets of New Orleans when they parade, in full masks and “suits,” chanting, drumming, and dancing in performances that harken from Africa and the original tribes of America.

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