In New Orleans everyone knows about the Mardi Gras Indians and their costumes and customs and parades like the ones held on Mardi Gras and Super Sundays in the Spring. But what about the kids? We never hear about them. We never hear about how these traditions are passed on. I mean we know they are passed on through the kids, that’s how traditions continue on.
New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Kids: The Red Flame Hunters Get Spotlight in New Short Film – Video
But now the group called The Red Flame Hunters which is made up of teens from the 7th Ward have a little movie made about them. And they are trying to raise money and spread the word to help continue and expand their efforts.
This organization provides a much needed creative outlet for these at-risk, black teens, the most vulnerable in our society. Helps to keep them off the streets and gives them the opportunity to really be a contribution to our society and the Mardi Gras Indian culture.
Where would Mardi Gras be without the exquisite creativity and dedication of the Mardi Gras Indians? It would not be as fun, nor exciting and beautiful. It’s great that these kids are able to contribute to their culture in this way.
As it says on the World Nomads website
The goal of this project is to provide young men and women in New Orleans with an opportunity to:
- come together in a safe space as a community
- learn the methods of the Mardi Gras Indian culture including beading, African drumming, drum circles, and dance
- be introduced to a rich culture that has been forged between the Africans and the Native Indians to help keep the legacy alive
During their time with the Red Flame Hunters, the participating youth will be able to remove themselves and hopefully rise above many everyday issues that they face including school workload and competition, teenage peer pressure, difficult home situations, teen pregnancy and youth violence.
Participating with the Red Flame Hunters, especially the beading and drumming activities, helps keep kids off the streets, build up their self esteem, aid in conflict resolution skills, and enable them to become wiser, stronger individuals.
To help out with these kids who need a helping hand in life please check out World Nomads and give what you can. And help see that the Mardi Gras Indians live on.