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Witch Doctor Bird's Mardi Gras Costume Workshop (1982)
13 Dec 2012
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Witch Doctor Bird of the Pretty White Eagles Krewe at work on his Mardi Gras Indian costume. (No sound recorded.) Shot by Alan Lomax and crew, May 21, 1982, New Orleans. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit http://culturalequity.org. [01.09.04]

From 1978 to 1985, Lomax travelled throughout the South collecting recordings in five culture regions — Mississippi Delta and Hill Country, Central and Southern Appalachia, New Orleans, Cajun Louisiana, and Johns Island, S.C. — compiling footage for what would become his "American Patchwork" series of PBS. This clip is drawn from the New Orleans collection. For more about this and the other American Patchwork collections, visit the Alan Lomax Archive's YouTube channel


Design Documentary Film Folk Music Song Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Culture Heritage In the Streets Preservation Rural Traditional YORA Archive/Index Festival/Celebration Field Recording Folklife Practice Video Lomax: New Orleans (1983) Academic Craftsperson Filmmaker Folklorist Musician Reasearcher Blues Jazz Louisiana Song/Dance South
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