Watch as New Orleans historian Al Kennedy presents his just-published book, _Big Chief Harrison and the Mardi Gras Indians_, to his home academic community as part of the "Friends of the Library" series at The University of New Orleans.
The lecture was a late afternoon event of Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in the commons room on the fourth floor of the Earl K. Long Library at the University of New Orleans.
Dr. Kennedy invites Herreast (Mrs. Big Chief Donald, Senior) Harrison and Big Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Guardians of the Flame, Visiting Educators and Artists at Newcomb College Center for Research on Women 2009-2010 to the podium at the conclusion of his presentation.
Program note: Many of the images Al Kennedy describes during his talk are included in the book.
_Big Chief Harrison and the Mardi Gras Indians_ (Pelican, 2010) is an accessible cultural, political, and intellectual history of The Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indian Gang founded and led by Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior. It is based in over a decade of Al Kennedy's creative scholarly collaboration with Big Chief Harrison, members of his gang, the Harrison family, and a deep roll of 20th and 21st century New Orleans culture bearers.
_Big Chief Harrison and the Mardi Gras Indians_ is suggested reading for all students, faculty, and staff collaborating at Sophielab.
BIG CHIEF HARRISON AND THE MARDI GRAS INDIANS
By Al Kennedy
Foreword by Herreast J. Harrison
Pelican Publishing Company
400 pp. 6 x 9
51 color and b/w photos Notes Biblio. Index
The Guardians of the Flame and Sophielab at Newcomb College Center for Research on Women studied and worked together 2006-2010 as community partners through Sophielab at the Newcomb College Institute and the Tulane Center for Public Service.