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Mardi Gras Indians

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  • Posted on Tue Nov 19, 2013
    “Stories from Deep in the Heart” is an award-winning in depth folklore and audio documentary training for Austin and Central Texas high public school students and teachers.  Participants create short, broadcast quality audio documentaries on the stories, folklore, arts and traditions of their families and communities. Participants are teachers and students from schools identified by AISD and...
  • Posted on Wed Oct 9, 2013
    On Tuesday April 2nd I attended Cyril 'Big Chief Iron Horse' Green's funeral in New Orleans.   As Big Chief or leader of the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indian tribe, Iron Horse was a well-respected community leader of New Orleans' 8th ward.  His use of a wheel-chair earned him his nickname, but Iron Horse didn't let his condition slow him down. Green was involved...
  • Posted on Mon May 19, 2014
    This post is long overdue, but it's important that I get something down while the events are still somewhat fresh in my mind.  I try to travel to New Orleans at least once a year, both for the pure fun and enjoyment the city provides, but also to stay in touch with people and communities I have worked with over the years.  Last year I attended a second line funeral for Mardi Gras Indian...

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