Intriguing 90-minute documentary titled Bury the Hatchet; a portrait of three Mardi Gras Indian “Big Chiefs” – New Orleans men who are the descendants of runaway slaves, taken in by the Native Americans of the Louisiana bayous.
These African American tribes were once plagued by violent gang-style clashes. Now, every year during Mardi Gras, they take to the streets of New Orleans, dressed in elaborate Native American-influenced costumes that they sew over the course of the year, and battle over which Chief has the best suit.
Following the three Mardi Gras Indians over the course of five years – before, during and after Hurricane Katrina – filmmaker Aaron C. Walker explores their art and philosophies, as well as their struggles within their communities, including harassment by the police, violence amongst themselves, gentrification of their neighborhoods, disinterested youth, old age and natural disaster.
The film will screen Wednesday, July 25th, 7:30pm at The Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell (148th St. & Bradhurst Avenue) in Harlem NYC, co-presented by Reel Harlem: The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
By the way, it’s a FREE screening.