The Mardi Gras Indians
By: Teachers College
Published: 2007
Uploaded: 06/19/2017
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Description/Abstract: In a city teeming with rich subcultures, perhaps none is more mysterious, yet more emblematic of the city’s unique history, than the so-called Mardi Gras Indians. In reality, the “Mardi Gras Indians” are not Indians at all, but African-American residents of the city who don elaborate, magnificently beaded, hand-made costumes and masquerade as Native Americans during the annual Mardi Gras celebration.