The Guardians Institute was established in 1988 by Herreast Harrison and Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior.

The Guardians Institute
P.O. Box 3762
New Orleans, LA 70177

This short educational film about the vision and programs of The Guardians Institute (New Orleans) was created by members of the Fall 2009 Feminist Documentation and New Media Class taught by Betsy Weiss with Visiting Artists and Educators Herreast Harrison and Cherice Harrison Nelson (Guardians of the Flame) at Sophielab at Newcomb College Institute via the Tulane Department of Communication in partnership with the Tulane Center for Public Service.

Through 31 August 2010, you may vote for The Guardians Institute in the Pepsi "Refresh the Gulf" campaign. Your vote will help bring $250,000 to begin construction on a permanent classroom and community center for The Guardians Institute in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Details at

The Guardians Institute building was designed by Architecture for Humanity. You may contact for information about more ways you may support the building project.

You may also be interested in the related videos from the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame "Queens Rule!" project in collaboration with Sophielab at Newcomb College Institute:

"Queens Rule!" (2008)
"146 Days to Mardi Gras with Big Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Guardians of the Flame" (2009)
"Queen B: A portrait of Littdell Banister, Tribal Queen of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indian Gang" (2010)

RIGHTS: This short film is published by Sophielab at Newcomb College Center for Research on Women under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license. Please contact to inquire about other uses. All Mardi Gras Indians featured in this piece retain copyright on individual and Indian gang design, art, and other intellectual property.

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