Big Chief Darryl Montana of the Yellow Pocahantas Hunters and Big Chief Demond Melancon of the Young Seminole Hunters, two standard bearers of New Orleans’ Black masking Indian tradition (also known as Mardi Gras Indians), will visit Princeton to discuss New Orleans and the artistry of their traditions.
This unique tradition maps intersections between African and Indigenous cultural practices. These intricately crafted suits take up to year to complete and represent some of the most exuberant costumes being made today.
Professor Joshua Guild will engage Montana and Melancon in a public conversation about the masking tradition and their involvement in it. This event is free and open to all.
March 25 – April 7, 2018
Hours: daily 12 noon – 8:00 PM
CoLab, Lewis Arts complex
FREE and open to public
ARTIST RECEPTION + PANEL DISCUSSION
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
4:30 PM — Reception
5-6:30 PM — Panel discussion
Forum, Lewis Arts complex