Mardi Gras Indian Boy
Pastel on paper. A Mardi Gras Indian boy on Super Sunday, when the different tribes traditionally gather together in uptown New Orleans. The Mardi Gras Indian tribes date back to the 1800s, and according to folklore, may have originated to pay homage to Native Americans who sheltered runaway African American slaves. Their elaborate costumes are designed and sewn by hand, and can take up to a year to create.