The Mardi Gras Indian Collective coordinated by the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame is made up of masking Indians from different gangs, musicians, artists, and educators who take the mission of the MGIHOF to classrooms, festivals, conferences, and into other private settings.
Our focus is on entertaining audiences while sharing accurate information about the indigenous cultural arts of New Orleans.
We have been presenting and discussing New Orleans cultural arts throughout the United States and abroad since 1988. Many members of the collective appeared in the HBO series Tremé (2008-2012).
We offer performances of
- Mardi Gras Indian singing and drumming
- African dancing and drumming as performed in Congo Square via West Africa
- Brass band and social aid and pleasure club music and traditional second line dancing
- Traditional, modern, and contemporary jazz
We offer lectures and coordinate panel discussions about
- Mardi Gras Indian history and culture
- Congo Square and African drumming and dancing traditions as practiced in New Orleans during the enslavement period to the present day
- Social aid and pleasure club history and traditions
- Jazz and brass band history
- Conflict resolution in Mardi Gras Indian performance and culture
- Gender in Mardi Gras Indian culture and performance
Event coordinators often choose to book members of the Mardi Gras Indian Collective for what we call an “informance,” a combined lecture and/or panel discussion and performance.
Please contact Cherice Harrison-Nelson to inquire about rates and available dates.