UNH Student Spends Summer Researching Mardi Gras Indians
UNH student Kendra Hanlon spent the summer of 2011 researching the Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans. She found that the culturally rich community has rebounded since Hurricane Katrina. Read the news release.
A young Mardi Gras Indian boy “masks” on Super Sunday, March 20, 2011.
Slideshow: Lori Wright, UNH Media Relations.
Photos: Bill Ross, UNH Professor and Head of the Milne Special Collections and Archives
UNH student Kendra Hanlon interviews Ron Lewis, owner of the House of Dance and Feathers on Tupelo Street in the Lower Ninth Ward. Lewis started the House of Dance and Feathers in 2000 in a shed behind his house to teach local children about the area's culture. Lewis is the president of the Big Nine Social and Pleasure Club and the former Council Chief of the Choctaw Hunters. His museum celebrating the history of the Mardi Gras Indians in the Lower Ninth Ward has become a small ray of hope within a community that is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina.
The Mardi Gras Indians are known for their intricately beaded costumes. Here part of a Mardi Gras Indian costume is on display at the House of Dance and Feathers, Tupelo Street, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans.
Moccasins for a Mardi Gras Indian costume on display at the House of Dance and Feathers, Tupelo Street, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans.
A Katrina Voodoo Doll at the House of Dance and Feathers, Tupelo Street, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans.
The Backstreet Cultural Museum opened in 1999 on Saint Claude Avenue in New Orleans and houses the world's most comprehensive collection related to New Orleans' African American community-based masking and processional traditions, including Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals, social aid and pleasure clubs, Baby Dolls, and Skull and Bone gangs. The museum's filmed records of more than 500 events constitute the most cohesive archive documenting these cultural traditions.
Sylvester Francis, founder of the Backstreet Cultural Museum of New Orleans, discusses the museum's collection of Mardi Gras Indian costumes with visitors.
University of New Hampshire undergraduate student John DeGennaro spent last summer in Belize on his first archaeological field research trip. 9/23/11
UNH student Kendra Hanlon spent the summer of 2011 researching the Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans. She found that the culturally rich community has rebounded since Hurricane Katrina. 8/22/11
Visit the UNH Archives, and you might be surprised at the range of artifacts that represent how life has changed at the University over the decades. 8/03/11
Seven UNH Theatre and Dance alums are performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival. July 24, 31, and August 13 at 2 p.m. 7/15/11