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.

Monday, June 2, 2008

2008 Mardi Gras Indian Arts Intensive Kicks Off in a Big Way!

Today was the first day of the 2008 Mardi Gras Indian Arts Intensive. What a day! It began with a performance by Shaka Zulu and the Zulu Connection ( featuring West African drumming, dancing, and stiltdancing. Shaka is also a member of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indian tribe led by Big Chief Darryl Montana, one of our instructors for the intensive. Shaka was able to help students begin to make connections between West African traditions and New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indian culture. They also picked up a few new dance moves.

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