With their colorful costumes and music, the Mardi Gras Indians are among the first to return to the 2006 event, leading many New Orleanians to feel hopeful about the city’s future.
“Rebuilding the “Land of Dreams”: Expressive Culture and New Orleans’ Authentic Future,” a presentation by Nick Spitzer
Published on August 29, 2006
Folklorist Nick Spitzer, host of Public Radio International’s American Routes, discusses the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans musicians and craftspeople and argues for their central role in rebuilding the city. He considers a repertory of New Orleans music filled with references to the city’s geography and past natural disasters, illustrating how contemporary musicians revisit and revise tradition.