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Revealing Mardi Gras Indians: Beaded Art of a Hidden Culture on Exhibition at The Golden Triangle

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Oct 19, 2017 – 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

330 N Clark
Chicago, IL 60654 Map

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Join The Golden Triangle as they present REVEALING MARDI GRAS INDIANS: BEADED ART OF A HIDDEN CULTURE, an exhibition of bright, bold and ornately feathered costumes. The never seen before show will feature 14 exhibits ranging from full costumes to beaded fragments, some as many as 20 years old.

The opening will take place October 19, 5:30PM – 8:30PM and will remain on exhibit through December 31.

The story of the Mardi Gras Indians is almost entirely unknown. The Mardi Gras Indians stem from an alliance between American Indians and African Americans as both groups struggled for freedom during colonization. By the mid-19th century in New Orleans, networks of grassroots African American organizations began commemorating the help they received from the American Indians through unannounced parades and celebrations. The groups took on names, such as the Creole Wild West, and danced through the streets in handcrafted suits influenced by traditional Indian dress. The Golden Triangle will have a collection of these costumes on exhibition for the very first time outside New Orleans. During the opening event 10% of proceeds go towards 300Forward.

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