Rachel Breunlin is the director of the Neighborhood Story Project (NSP) and the ethnographer-in-residence in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of New Orleans, where she teaches courses in collaborative ethnography and public culture. Since 2004, she has edited and co-written 15 NSP books, and is the editor and producer of Fire in the Hole: The Spirit Work of Fi Y Yi and the Mandingo Warriors
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 5
Spy Boys, Flag Boys, Big Chiefs: Mardi Gras Indians
3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Fire in the Hole: The Spirit Work of Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors
During Mardi Gras, spectators wait for the approach of the Mardi Gras Indians, a sublime spectacle of dancing, chanting, and gorgeous hand-sewn costumes. But rarely are they shown the human stories behind this unique New Orleans tradition. Told through a collective oral history, Fire In The Hole weaves together the voices of costumers, anthropologists, and photographers to offer the previously undocumented stories of crafting costumes, tribe formations, and political engagement that has been so important to generations of New Orleanians. Accompanying these stories are over 200 color photographs, which capture the intimate, candid, and ecstatic moments of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors.
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