Thursday, January 14, 2010
Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans 2009
Originally created in the 19th century by black men who wished to pay homage to the American Indian tribes that had harboured their ancestors who escaped from slavery. Early on, there were violent rivalries between the tribes, but now the Mardi Gras Indians are a fixture at Carnival, best known for their incredibly detailed and intricately beaded-and-feathered costumes. Legendary krewes include the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Creole Wild West, and the Yellow Pocahontas.