Big Chief Harrison and the Mardi Gras Indians

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Pelican Pub Co Inc
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From age four in 1937 to his death in 1998, Donald Harrison Sr. embraced the tradition of New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians. As Big Chief of the Guardian of the Flames, he led with both wisdom and passion. This biography of this remarkable man is based on more than seventy interviews with his family and others he influenced.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 11
Introductionp. 13
Jackson and Clarap. 19
The Resistance of the Eldersp. 37
From Eager Apprentice to Big Chiefp. 63
The Turnkey's Advicep. 79
Falling in Love with a Photographp. 93
Throwing Signals on the Neutral Groundp. 107
Are You Hip to Camus?p. 127
Shoot My Pistol on a Mardi Gras Dayp. 149
Hanging Up the Suitp. 169
Walking Across New Orleansp. 187
A Chief Without a Crownp. 225
Jazz and a New Orleans Big Chiefp. 237
Guardians of the Flamep. 261
Improvising by the Kitchen Tablep. 287
In the Spiritp. 305
Listening to “Indian Red”p. 319
The Legacy of Thunder and Lightningp. 337
Afterwordp. 353
Acknowledgmentsp. 355
Notesp. 359
Selected Bibliographyp. 399
Indexp. 405
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