259 Bury the Hatchet

Bury the Hatchet (259)

Preview - Also eligible for Intangible Culture Film Prize

11:15, Friday 03rd July, Theatre A

  • Director: Aaron Walker (USA)
  • Year: 2009
  • Run time: 84'
  • Format: DVCAM, mini DV

BURY THE HATCHET features three Mardi Gras Indian Big Chiefs in a dynamic portrait of the unique and endangered culture of New Orleans they represent. Descendents of runaway slaves given harbor by the Native Americans of Louisiana, these practitioners of a hundreds-year-old tradition sew elaborate costumes resembling that of the Indians, parading through the streets of the city on Mardi Gras day.   In footage collected for three years pre-Katrina and one year post, filmmaker Aaron C. Walker was allowed intimate access to this often hidden New Orleans experience.


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