Here's a feature about Baby Dolls in New Orleans, produced by Eve Abrams of WWNO, the New Orleans NPR affiliate station: http://wwno.org/post/baby-dolls-assert-their-place-parading-streets
The legendary Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Tootie Montana was the subject of the documentary Tootie's Last Suit, which covers both his individual story and the larger history of Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans. We cannot recommend this film enough for anyone interested in this New Orleans tradition. Here's the trailer:
Big Chief Victor Harris is celebrating his 50th season masking as a Mardi Gras Indian this year. Here's a brief profile of the Big Chief produced a couple of years ago.
The photograph of Big Chief Victor Harris is by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee www.rhrphoto.com
THIS WEEK'S TRACK LISTING:
(bed) New Birth Brass Band - "Mardi Gras In New Orleans"
(bed) Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias - "All On A Mardi Gras Day"
(bed) Sunpie and the Lousisiana Sunspots - "We Are the Northside Skull and Bone Gang"
Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles - "Katie Mae"
(bed) Ernie K-Doe - "Here Come the Girls"
The Dixie Cups - "Iko Iko"
Professor Longhair (Earl King on vocals) - "Big Chief (complete version)"
Snooks Eaglin - "I Went To The Mardi Gras"
(bed) Donald Harrison, Jr. - "Cherokee"
(bed) Fi Yi Yi & The Mandingo Warriors - "Who Got The Fire"
Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias - "Handa Wanda"
Donald Harrison, Sr. and the Young Guardians of the Flame - "Golden Crown"
(bed) The Neville Brothers - "Fire On The Bayou"
Champion Jack Dupree - "Yellow Pocahontas"
The Wild Tchoupitoulas - "Indian Red"
(bed) Donald Harrison, Jr. - "Indian Blues"
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