The Mardis Gras, or “Black Masking,” Indians are a classic New Orleans phenomenon, black “tribes” that pay homage to the Native Americans that helped free their ancestors from slavery. They build intricate costumes of feather and beadwork over the year then come out on Mardis Gras Day and a couple of special days following called “Super Sunday” and parade around. These photographs are taken from these latter days.

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