THE LOCALS CELEBRATE AT TIPS

Tipitina’s proudly presents Injuns A Comin’, a benefit for the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council on Monday, April 30, 2001 at Tipitina’s Uptown, 501 Napoleon. Injuns A Comin’ will expose a broad audience to the folklore of the Mardi Gras Indians. Tipitina’s will showcase Mardi Gras Indian dance, music, and ritual demonstrations with food vendors beginning at 5 P.M. and an all-star tribute at 7 PM. Writer, arts producer, and WWOZ DJ Kalamu Ya Salaam with be the evening’s master of ceremonies. There will also be a “Walk of Fame” induction ceremony of local luminaries. Confirmed artists include Galactic, Dr. John, John Mooney, Anders Osborne, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Cyril Neville & The Wild Tchoupitoulas, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Monkey Ranch, Davell Crawford, & special guests. All artists are donating their time free!

The Mardi Gras Indian tradition is a celebration practiced exclusively by African-Americans who draw upon American Indian, African, and West Indian culture to create a folk ritual that is unique to New Orleans. The tradition was first documented sometime in the 1800s. The tribes are only seen in public on Mardi Gras, Super Sunday, and St. Joseph’s Night. Tribes create Native American-influenced costumes worn while performing chants and dances derived from the African tribal tradition. Mardi Gras Indian culture developed from a desire among African-Americans to celebrate the pageantry of Mardi Gras within their neighborhoods. This tradition exists outside the realm of established political convention. The Mardi Gras Indians have had a pervasive influence on the culture and music of New Orleans. Some of New Orleans most memorable artists such as Dr. John, Professor Longhair, and the Neville Brothers perform and compose songs about the Indians.

Tickets ($20 donation) are on sale now at Tipitinas.com and at TicketWeb or you can call 504.891.TIPS. The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council (NOMIC) is a non-profit organization created in 1986 to promote unity among the disparate tribes. NOMIC is a group comprised of Mardi Gras Indian Chiefs who meet to organize and implement positive social and community change. NOMIC will receive one hundred percent of the door proceeds from Injuns A Comin’.

Photos are from MardiGrasIndians.com

[Published on: 4/24/01]

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