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FREE Screening Of Doc 'Bury The Hatchet' (Descendants Of Runaway Slaves Now Mardi Gras Indian Chiefs)

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 20, 2012 5:19 PM
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Intriguing 90-minute documentary titled Bury the Hatchet; a portrait of three Mardi Gras Indian "Big Chiefs" -  New Orleans men who are the descendants of runaway slaves, taken in by the Native Americans of the Louisiana bayous.

These African American tribes were once plagued by violent gang-style clashes. Now, every year during Mardi Gras, they take to the streets of New Orleans, dressed in elaborate Native American-influenced costumes that they sew over the course of the year, and battle over which Chief has the best suit. 

Following the three Mardi Gras Indians over the course of five years - before, during and after Hurricane Katrina - filmmaker Aaron C. Walker explores their art and philosophies, as well as their struggles within their communities, including harassment by the police, violence amongst themselves, gentrification of their neighborhoods, disinterested youth, old age and natural disaster.

The film will screen Wednesday, July 25th, 7:30pm at The Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell (148th St. & Bradhurst Avenue) in Harlem NYC, co-presented by Reel Harlem: The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

By the way, it's a FREE screening.

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  • n | July 22, 2012 3:36 PMReply

    Do you have to register for the free screening?

  • Kat | July 20, 2012 7:31 PMReply

    I respect the Mardis Gras Indians as being an important element of NOLA culture. I just wish we were a little more informed and realistic about the relations between Native Americans and African slaves. Many Native Americans owned slaves and were also slave catchers. We need to stop romanticising the relationship. Many of us who heard our great great whoever was full blooded Indian this and that blah blah need to start taking genealogy tests. We might be surprised to find out how rare it is for us to have Native ancestry and that's not a bad thing.

  • Nat | July 21, 2012 9:10 AM

    I am from southeast La. not NOLA although. My family have oral history of natives and Africans relations that where positive. My great grand mother has a Indian name. My grandmother is very dark and has long non chemical treated native appearing hair. When she was a lillt girl in Catholic grade school 80 years ago. The kids teased her saying she was a black indian. In Plaisance Louisiana, it is clear that Africans had relations with natives.
    But I decided to test and the DNA don't lie. It was more than French men.

  • Jeremy | July 20, 2012 5:29 PMReply

    NY gets all the good s***

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