Humba: Mardi Gras Indians (111 images)


Masking as an Indian during Mardi Gras is a long standing tradition in the black community of New Orleans. First mention of the practice dates back to 1746, when it is believed that African slaves dressed up in honor of the Native Americans who helped them escape slavery. It was not until the late 19th century though that the first modern Indian tribe paraded in the city streets, the Creole Wild West.

Initially this respectful homage was true to the actual clothing Indians...
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