Darryl Montana, Big Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas and one of the most respected bearers of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition, will return in 2008 as an instructor for the Mardi Gras Indian Arts Intensive. Chief Montana is an internationally acclaimed artist who constantly challenges himself to make "bigger and better" suits. His suits, which are created in the "Downtown", three-dimensional style, are beautiful works of sculpture. In recent years, they have consisted of as many as 500 intricate hand-sewn pieces.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Art4Moore Foundation, and the Sewing Machine Project.