The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian tribe led by Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. commit to a year-long process in crafting unique elaborate suits, painstakingly made using colorful feathers, sequins, and beads.
In his role as Big Chief, Bo Dollis Sr. helped to turn the Mardi Gras Indian culture away from violence. Instead, he encouraged the Indians to compete among themselves to see who could sew the most beautiful and intricate suit. Like his father, Bo Dollis Jr. continues the tradition. Currently, the Wild Magnolias tribe has around 15 members which sew their own suits each year.
New Orleans has been hit hard by COVID-19 and amid the crisis the Wild Magnolias have lost many gigs like festivals, concerts, recordings and weddings. Several members also have been laid off. We are asking for donations that will go towards their suits for the year of 2021 so that tribe members can continue to work on their hand beaded suits. All funds raised will go to The Wild Magnolias for supplies.
The fundraiser—Alexandra Kern— is a filmmaker from New Orleans. She met Bo Dollis and the tribe two years ago and they welcomed her like family. Having witnessed their work so intimately, she and the rest of our community respects the ritual, beauty, devotion, and labor of all the Mardi Gras Indian tribes. Please consider making a donation so this remarkable, longstanding tradition will continue.
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