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April 23-August 27, 2006
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An exhibition of New Orleans photographer J. Nash Porter's portraits of the Mardi Gras Indians, capturing them at close range and documenting their "true essence" and "cultural flavor" from an insider's point of view. The exhibit, held at the museum from April 23, 2006 - October 15, 2006, featured more than 40 images documenting the rich tradition of New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians including the construction of suits (handmade costumes), practices, second liners, and other participants in this urban folk street ritual. On display also were full Mardi Gras Indian suits and beaded patches. For more than 35 years, Porter (1942-2007) documented the masking traditions and community support of the Black Mardi Gras Indians. These records include correspondence and video footage.
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New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indians: Exploring a Community Tradition from an Insider's View
Exhibition Records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, D.C. 20020