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1989 Allison 'Tootie' Montana
Sat May 06 1989
55:55 - Audio Cassette Master; WAV and Mp3 on Server and Cloud; Video tape.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive
00:54 Introduction of Allison “Tootie” Montana Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas and his brother Edward Montana 2:20 Father and Great Great Uncle on mothers side were the first Mardi Gars Indians 2:38 All Tribes came from the Creole Wild West and is where it got its start and originated in the 7th Ward 4:42 When Edward first started masking in 1932 5:27 The first black Indian to mask on a carnival day in New Orleans was Blaze, Buck and BK (?) 7:46 Making of the Suites, Disks made of metal 11:05 Allison Miner taking about how traditionally music was strictly percussion with tambourine only. Singing rhymed couplets; a lot of the Indian songs is mixed with prison songs (ex. “Shoe Fly”) 12:24 Correction of the song “Soul, Soul, Soul”; supposed to be “Sore, Sore, Sore” it is a fighting song after a battle. 13:52 Explanation of the Song “Indian Red” to identify each member of the tribe and what they do. 15:48 “Hom ba” (?) to kneel down 16:12 Who is in a tribe 18:20 Funny Skelton Suit Story 22:18 How he creates his 3 dimensional style 24:50 When the Yellow Pocahontas Suit Style started 25:30 Types of feathers used; turkey feathers; Black Benny started using plooms 29:49 Role of a Chief in the community 36:26 Passing on song tradition and where they had their practice 37:50 **Very Interesting**Lead singing and Indian improvising “When you do for so many years, it just comes to you” (Tootie Montana) 40:40 Explaining and Singing “Indian Red” 45:00 It’s Wild Man not Witch Doctor 45:22 Types of food that you eat during, Mardi Gras Donuts 48:45 The brothers relationship 52:35 “What you are getting here is facts” (Tootie Montana)
Allison Miner interviewer. Allison "Tootie" Montana and Ed Montana. Video tape of interview is 001.1989.023
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