Mardi Gras Indian Beading and African Drumming Workshops
Promoting and preserving our cherished cultural traditions
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is offering a series of free workshops on the arts of Mardi Gras Indian beadwork and African drumming.
Although the workshops will be held separately, they will take place simultaneously on Wednesday afternoons (from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street).
The classes will take place on 10 consecutive Wednesdays, starting Feb. 17 and ending on April 20.
The Mardi Gras Indian beading workshops will be led by Howard Miller, Chief of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indian tribe. Chief Miller has been masking Indian since 1969 and is one of the most respected elders of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition. These workshops will teach how to design and create beadwork patches suitable to be part of a Mardi Gras Indian "suit." All beads and other supplies will be provided by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The workshops, while geared toward young people ages 10-17, are suitable for all ages.
To register for the Mardi Gras Indian beadwork workshops, please use this online form.
The African drumming workshops will be led by Luther Gray, a principal leader of the African drumming tradition in New Orleans. As head of the Congo Square Preservation Society, he has led African drumming workshops and drum circles - in Congo Square and elsewhere - for more than 20 years. Students are welcome to bring their own drums. Mr. Gray and the Jazz & Heritage Foundation will provide additional drums as needed. The workshops, while geared toward young people ages 10-17, are suitable for all ages.
To register for the African drumming workshops, please use this online form.
The Mardi Gras Indian beading and African drumming workshops are supported by a grant from the Positive Vibrations Foundation.