Every year on Mardi Gras, the sparkling beads, jangling of tambourines, and chants of “Creole Wild West” announce to the world that the oldest Mardi Gras Indian tribe is still “masking” in New Orleans. Now Big Chief Howard Miller and his tribe bring their hand-beaded and feathered “suits” to Shreveport January through March 2017 as artists in residence with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Mardi Gras Indians are, above all, artists. Their elaborate beadwork and sewing, the intricate rhythms of their music, and the closely kept traditions of their heritage are woven into the fabric of a culture unique to New Orleans. The Creole Wild West plan to share the importance of celebrating the heritage and culture of a rare Louisiana tradition at UNSCENE!, the event series that brings national, regional and local artists to explore the Shreveport Common neighborhood. The January 28 UNCENE! will include a Mardi Gras Indian style parade in and around Shreveport Common, an artspace exhibition of 10 hand-beaded Indian suits with headdresses, crowns, blankets and embellishments and an artist talk by Chief Howard Miller.
10:30 am – 12:00 Noon
Arrive early and Brunch at Parish Taceaux!
Join Chief Howard Miller for his Artist Talk @ artspace to learn about the history, culture and traditions of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Get Ready to Parade – Families, make musical instruments and deck the family for the parade (face painting and more) to “march” in the UNCOMMON Mardi Gras Parade. – FREE @ artspace.
Food Trucks! Arts Market & MORE!
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Shreveport Common UNCOMMON MARDI GRAS PARADE begins at artspace!
Stick around for the Texas Street Block party in front of artspace!