Video: Big Chief David Montana and Washitaw Nation

Published on: March 19th, 2021

It's St. Joseph's Day in New Orleans and the night of March 19 has, for more than a century, meant that Black Masking Indians step out in neighborhoods across the city to participate in rituals with long histories.

The trials and tribulations of making a new Indian suit for Mardi Gras - working against the pressures of time, money, labor, technical problems and physical exhaustion. Here, we follow Big Chief David Montana and Washitaw Nation Black Masking Indians as they prepare to step out on Mardi Gras Day and St. Joseph's Night 2017, through to Uptown Super Sunday 2019.

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