The traditions, costumes, and the music of the Mardi Gras Indians, African-Americans and those with African American or Native American Heritage are the focus of a unit that introduces class members to a little-known group that plays a key role in the Mardi Gras celebration.
- Although designed for higher ed, many of the activities in this unit could easily be adapted to other grade levels
- Have class members research the connections between African Americans and Native Americans during and after the Civil War
- Class members should have a general knowledge of the Atlantic slave trade
- Requires percussion instruments such as drums, tambourines, cowbells, bottles, woodblocks, etc.
- The All on Mardi Gras Day DVD is available for purchase online
- The 19-page packet includes links to Smithsonian Folkways recordings, research prompts, discussion questions, and background information about the traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians
- While the packet does include suggested lessons, no detailed plans are included