This collection contains video recordings of the Mardi Gras Indians recorded by Finn Wilhelmsen. Topics include the Mardi
Gras Indian's history, society and practices. Filmed by Finn Wilhelmsen beginning in 1986 and ending in 2004.
Mardi Gras Indian History: The Mardi Gras Indians are African-American Carnival revelers in New Orleans, Louisiana, who dress
up for Mardi Gras in suits influenced by Native American ceremonial apparel. Collectively, their organizations are called
"tribes". Many of the tribes also parade on the Sunday nearest to Saint Joseph's Day on March 19 ("Super Sunday") and sometimes
at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. There are about 38 tribes. They range in size from a half dozen to several
dozen members. The tribes are largely independent, but a pair of umbrella organizations loosely coordinate the Uptown Indians
and the Downtown Indians.