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Louisiana’s flamboyant festival traditions on display in ‘Black Indians’

By France24
31 October 2022   |   7:34 am
We take a trip to the Deep South thanks to an exhibition that uncovers a lesser-known part of the cultural landscape of New Orleans. "Black Indians" explores the creativity of the African American and indigenous communities through parades and celebrations. Our reporters went to check it out at the Quai Branly museum in Paris.

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It is an exhibition of dazzling costumes made up of the finest materials such as beads and feathers. Behind it, though, lies a story of violence and resilience. In Paris, a new exhibition celebrates the cultural and artistic creativity of African Americans in New Orleans. Perhaps the most spectacular way that the creativity is displayed is in the costumes of the Black Indians carnival parade. Our guest from the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac told us more.