Second Chief David Montana, son of the famous Allison ÔTootieÕ Montana, and Ausettua Amor Amenkun of the Yellow Pocahontas tribe of the Mardi Gras Indians parade on N. Villere St. in New Orleans on Mardi Gras day, 2008.  In the 19th century the African Americans of New Orleans related to the oppressed and outcast American Indians. Communities formed tribes incorporating elements of Indian costuming and ritual into neighborhood parades and battles. Hand sewn out of beads and feathers, the status and pride of the tribe rests on the intricacy of the tribes' "suits". (image by Kelly Lynn James)
Second Chief David Montana, son of the famous Allison ÔTootieÕ Montana, and Ausettua Amor Amenkun of the Yellow Pocahontas tribe of the Mardi Gras Indians parade on N. Villere St. in New Orleans on Mardi Gras day, 2008. In the 19th century the African Americans of New Orleans related to the oppressed and outcast American Indians. Communities formed tribes incorporating elements of Indian costuming and ritual into neighborhood parades and battles. Hand sewn out of beads and feathers, the status and pride of the tribe rests on the intricacy of the tribes' "suits".
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