Voodoo and Mardi Gras Indians: New Orleans Deep Culture

I bet one of the first things that come to mind when you think about New Orleans is Mardi Gras and binge drinking and (hopefully) Jazz music / music in general. Crawfish and Cajun food and oysters and ghosts and vampires might also come in a close second.

Then there is the Voodoo…a spiritual practice that has been part of the blood running through Nawlin’s viens for centuries…as well as a hybrid Native American and African culture- brought to life through the Cultural tradition of the Mardi Gras Indian.

My wife and I took some time yesterday to visit the tiny-but-hard-working Backstreet Cultural Museum as well as the New Orleans Voodoo History to learn a little bit about the rich cultural history of this lively ghost town (and make our offerings to the Gods) 🙂

Both spaces allowed pictures so I thought I would give you fine curious folks the chance to read up on some of those traditions yourself.

Lets start with some Voodoo / Hoodoo:




Now here is some info on Mardi Gras Indians and a couple costume snapshots (note: most of these hand beaded costumes take at least one year to make- and some up to five…Not a disposable, one time use cheap grillz type of costume ):





8 thoughts on “Voodoo and Mardi Gras Indians: New Orleans Deep Culture

  1. Great post. Ronald Lewis’ House of Dance and Feathers is also is based in African American Mardis Gras traditions:


    There is a book by the same name that is quite informative and available at least at the local independent bookstores like Maple Street Books and Octavia Books and of course Amazon.com

    And this Sunday is Super Sunday, not to be missed:


  2. Reblogged this on Madame Belle and commented:
    I found this to be quite fascinating although my understanding of what exactly “Hoodoo” is or rather what it has become is a bit different than what this article say’s it is here…..still a good read!

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