Interview date: 1.07.16
Cherice Harrison Nelson
Cherice Harrison-Nelson is curator of the Mardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame. Mardi Gras Indians and their followers also know her as Queen Reesie of the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians. In this podcast, Cherice explains that each elaborately beaded and decorated Guardians of the Flame suit tells a story; each patch has a meaning. The suit Cherice is creating for Mardi Gras 2016 will honor her great, great grandfather, Madison. Madison was stolen from his parents and enslaved in New Orleans in 1820.
The Mardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to honor the history and tradition of the Mardi Gras indians and commemorate the memory of Cherice’s father, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr.
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