The Story Must Have The Music!
My project is not so much a book on tape but a Mardi Gras Indian music cd with a story behind it.
The Red Feather is a cultural archive written as a childrens book. A young boy embarks on a musical and magical adventure following a red feather and a man with a tambourine on a journey with New Orleans' own Mardi Gras Indians! The young boy meets each member of a Mardi Gras Indian tribe and in the end the history and the mystery is revealed.
The full experience of the Mardi Gras Indians is one of both sight and sound. I have written and illustrated this book using all the common songs and chants used by the Indians, and each page is an acrylic painting done in folk art style. This story must have the music! I have collaborated to record the story live with Big Chief Kevin Goodman and The Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indian Tribe. The funds we are requesting are to pay for the recording fee and bring this story to life! An audio version of this book will bring the full experience of The Mardi Gras Indians to children everywhere!
Many people have helped in the fight against slavery, Black, White, and Native American. The Native nations in the south during the early and mid 1800's were sovereign nations, slave masters were not allowed in their territories, so many slaves escaped and were adopted into these tribes. That is the history of the black Indian. The Mardi Gras Indians are a living celebration of that history.
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