Donald Harrison transitions Mardi Gras Indian tradtion back to Congo Square with Afro New Orleans culture. - October 11, 2010
Donald Harrison is The Big Chief of The Congo Square Nation and his mission is to keep alive secret aspects of Congo Square not known conciously by most Mardi Gras Indians. Harrison has named his faction Afro New Orleans Culture because now is the time to put the focus on the individuals that keep New Orleans root culture alive. The truth is there are many factions of Mardi Gras Indian culture and all are great components to the whole. For instance the faction that Chief Tootie Montana nurtured is the antithesis of Afro New Orleans culture and not part of the faction that Harrison is keeping alive. Harrison has put his focus on the secret elements Congo Square to insure well meaning and profit seeking outsiders won't destroy what is pristine and to keep alive a strong but hidden elements that many Mardi gras Indians are not privy to. Harrison says, "For New Orleans culture to surivive the most important parts of the culture must stay in exile until the world is ready to embrace them with respect."