The White Eagles/Black Indians of New Orleans
1980 Marilyn Nance Born: New York, New York 1953 gelatin silver print sheet: 15 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (40.4 x 50.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment and the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program © 1980, Marilyn Nance 1994.66.2 Not currently on view
Nance’s photography is about her spiritual realization that all African Americans are connected, in some way, to one another. In White Eagles/Black Indians of New Orleans, African Americans dress in costumes influenced by the ceremonial dress of Native Americans as part of Mardi-Gras, the annual pre-Lenten celebration in New Orleans. One theory suggests that this custom began as a tribute by African Americans to Native Americans for helping runaway slaves; another suggests that it is a way of celebrating similarities between two minority cultural groups.
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Ceremony - festival - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest.
Cityscape - Louisiana - New Orleans
Dress - costume - Indian costume
Ethnic - African-American
Figure group - male
Performing arts - music
photography - photoprint
About Marilyn Nance
Born: New York, New York 1953