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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.
00:00 Introduction of Allison “Tootie” Montana Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas and his brother Edward Montana; Father and Great Great Uncle on mothers side were the first Mardi Gars Indians; All Tribes came from the Creole Wild West and is where it got its start and originated in the 7th Ward; Edward first started masking in 1932; The first black Indian to mask on a carnival day in New Orleans was Blaze, Buck and BK (?) 07:46 Making of the Suites, Disks made of metal 11:05 Allison Minor taking about how traditionally music was strictly percussion with tambourine only. Singing rhymed couplets; a lot of the Indian songs mixed with prison songs (ex. “Shoe Fly”); Correction of the song “Soul, Soul, Soul”; supposed to be “Sore, Sore, Sore” it is a fighting song after a battle; Explanation of the Song “Indian Red” to identify each member of the tribe and what they do. 15:48 “Hom ba” (?) to kneel down 22:18 Creating his 3 dimensional style; When the Yellow Pocahontas Suit Style started; Types of feathers used; turkey feathers; Black Benny started using plumes 29:49 Role of a Chief in the community 36:26 Passing on song tradition and where they had their practice; Lead singing and Indian improvising 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; The brothers’ relationship 55:55 Interview ends
Allison Miner interviewer. Allison "Tootie" Montana and Ed Montana. Video tape of interview is 001.1989.023
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