In the final paragraph of this excellent piece, Jelly-Schapiro describes the Mardi Gras Indians as an "only in New Orleans" tradition. But there is a very similar tradition of "Indian mas" in the southern Caribbean, in Trinidad Carnival, with obscure origins in the nineteenth century. It is tantalizing to speculate how one may have influenced the other, and vice versa. Perhaps some future scholar will manage to demonstrate a clear link.
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Dec 23 2008 - 2:15pm