Embodying an imagined other through rebellion, resistance and joy

Mardi gras Indians and black indigeneity

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This article examines embodied double and triple consciousness expressed by African Americans who reflect Indigenous and transplanted African/Indian heritages while performing as Mardi Gras "Indians" in New Orleans. Moving beyond simplistic dichotomies of "Africanness" and "indigeneity," Black Indians produce sustained historical and cultural identities which reinforce Afro-indigeneity to overcome oppressive conditions while creating a foundation for resilience. Mardi Gras Indians perform ritual parades and complex acts of resistance and joy-playfully appropriating and adapting African, Indian and American cultures to interrogate hybrid identities beyond Black/White paradigms. The playful ambiguities-and mocking stereotypical images of savage Indians and Africans-continue to be displayed through music, art and pop cultural expressions well into the post-Katrina era. An examination of Black Indians through a cultural-historical analysis sets the stage for a reassessment of popular culture and the HBO TV series Treme (Simon, 2010-2013)-specifically its use of fictive, triple-conscious imaginaries which give life to vibrant, joyful expressions of resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-573
Number of pages16
JournalAlterNative
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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Keywords

  • African-diasporic
  • Afro-indigenous
  • Black Indians
  • Carnivalesque
  • Creoles
  • Mardi gras Indians

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  • History
  • Cultural Studies

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Embodying an imagined other through rebellion, resistance and joy : Mardi gras Indians and black indigeneity. / Guthrie, Ricardo A.

In: AlterNative, Vol. 12, No. 5, 01.12.2016, p. 558-573.

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