Hot Docs 2011: Bury The Hatchet

It's a New Orleans tradition that stretches back more than 150 years — a way for the descendants of slaves to honour and remember the Native Americans who helped their ancestors escape to freedom. Each year on Mardi Gras, as the tourists are getting drunk on Bourbon Street, the Mardi Gras Indians parade through their own neighbourhoods in a whirl of colour and music. It's a spectacular sight. But even before Katrina, it was getting harder and harder to preserve.

Bury The Hatchet opens in 2005, months before the storm hits, and follows three Big Chiefs as they put the finishing touches on their suits for that year. It's an expensive and painstaking process. The Chiefs pour thousands of their own dollars into beads and feathers and canvas, and the film spends much of its time with them at the kitchen table, surrounded by their families and tribes, as they hand-sew their elaborate designs. (One suit, for instance, recreates entire tableaus from Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit".)

Seeing the work that goes into the tradition makes it all the more powerful when the men share the challenges they've been facing. In one scene, Big Chief Alfred Doucette walks through the neighbourhood where the tribes gather on Mardi Gras morning — once a tree-lined boulevard, it's now the concrete underside of the massive Interstate 10. There's harassment from the police, too; they remember the days when the Mardi Gras Indians were associated with violence and — in one of the film's tensest moments — they shut down the St. Joseph's night parade. When the Indians get a chance to publicly air their concerns to Mayor Ray Nagin, the most revered Big Chief of them all, Tootie Montana of the legendary Yellow Pocahontas, collapses at the microphone. By the time Katrina does arrive, it truly feels like the storm could be the death knell of the culture.

But it isn't. A few months after the hurricane, it's Mardi Gras time again, and the Big Chiefs are back out in the streets. And the most hopeful note of all came after the screening, in a Q&A with director Aaron Walker. The parades are experiencing a revival, he says, in part thanks to the storm. The youth of New Orleans — who have seen all the recent media coverage of their traditions, including HBO's brilliant series Treme — have been inspired to take up the mantle. Despite all the obstacles in their way, it seems the Mardi Gras Indians' spectacular tribute will live on.




Photo: Still from Bury The Hatchet

You'll find all of our Hot Docs coverage here.

Posted by Adam Bunch, the Editor-in-Chief of the Little Red Umbrella and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project. You can read his posts here, follow him on Twitter here, or email him at adam@littleredumbrella.com.



213 comments:

«Oldest   ‹Older   201 – 213 of 213   Newer›   Newest»
Angels Of Bangalore said...

We are one of the most successful and appreciated escorts company in Bangalore and have been providing escorts services in Bangalore for more than 5 years with satisfied results. So don't wait and book our Bangalore call girls now.


Bangalore Escorts

Model Escorts Bangalore

Air Hostess Escorts Bangalore

Housewife Escorts Bangalore

College Girls Escorts Bangalore

Bellandur Escorts

Hebbal Escorts

Madiwala Escorts

White Field Escorts

Noidacallgirls said...

Noida Call Girls @ 9873940964 is Independent Babes. Make a call to our help-desk and Noida Escorts Girls will be up to you within 30 minutes.

Escorts in meera bagh |||||||||
Escorts in najafgarh |||||||||
Escorts in model town |||||||||
Escorts in kashmiri gate |||||||||
Escorts in sarai rohilla |||||||||
Escorts in ashok vihar ||||||||

escortsinnoida said...

Sumitkumari is the top notched place for availing most reliable noida escorts services. Make a call to our help-desk and we will be up to you within 30 minutes.


ashok nagar escorts

ashok vihar escorts

ashram escorts

aya nagar escorts

azad nagar escorts

azadpur escorts

badarpur escorts

sunitaahuja said...

Book Noida Escorts Service to fulfill all your secret desires with hot female Call Girls in Noida. Dial 9873940964 and book VIP Escorts in Noida Hotels.

call girls greater noida ####
call girls gurgaon ####
call girls hari nagar ####
call girls hauzkhas ####
call girls inder lok ####
call girls indirapuram ####

poojamalhotra said...




Hello.......Guys. Are you in noida and feel boring. you want enjoy with cool girls whole night. Escorts service in noida welcomes to you. come with us and enjoy with cool and hot girls. contact us on :- 9873940964. visit my website :-
Noida Escorts //
Escorts in Noida //
Noida Call Girls \\
Premium Escorts Noida \\

model goa escorts said...

Book here Independent Goa Escorts at {modelsingoa.com} available 24/7 hr. Find attractive female Call Girls in Goa, Escorts Service in Goa, Escorts in Goa, Call Girls in Goa, Goa Escorts Service for erotic desire in 5 Star Hotels.
We have best
Goa Escorts ||

Goa Call Girls ||

Goa Russian Escorts ||

Housewife Escorts in Goa ||


If you are interested so please visit our website - http://www.modelsingoa.com/

mumbaigf said...

mumbai escorts ###
mumbai call girls ###
mumbai escorts service ###
independent mumbai escorts ###

missdipika said...

Book now 9899900591 sexy and awesome Noida escorts girls for hotels service for ultimate romance and fun. Contact us for all your needs, rovide you best Noida Escorts. Service.

Noida escorts ####
escorts in noida ####
http://manishasharma.in/gallery.html ####
http://manishasharma.in/links.html ####
http://manishasharma.in/contact.html ####

nishakohli said...

Perfect Delhi Escorts, High class call girls in delhi. Contact us:- 9873940964

call girls south ex

call girls uttam nagar

call girls vasant kunj

call girls vikas puri

call girls indirapuram

call girls kaushambi

call girls raj nagar

shwetakaur said...

Book Your Sexy Call Girl in Noida | Find Hot Girls online Booking Open at:- http://shwetakaur.in/ India's no.1 escort agency. Full Satisfied customers we have. check reviews.
noida call girls

Russian call girls in Noida ***

Escorts dilshad garden

Escorts dlf cyber city

Escorts east of kailash

Escorts faridabad

Escorts in Noida

Escorts gandhi nagar

Escorts ghaziabad

Female Escorts noida

nehagulati said...

We are availing the Young Russian Call Girls in Noida for deepest sexual pleasure. Ring us on 9873940964 and book High Class Noida Escorts Service.

noida Escorts ####
http://nehagulati.in/photos.html ####
http://nehagulati.in/rates.html ####
http://nehagulati.in/contact.html ####

kiranchoudhary said...

Welcome to Black Label High Class Delhi Escorts service. We are the top escort agency in Delhi providing elite British call girls. Russian girls, College girls, House wife. contact us:- 9873940964


Delhi escorts #
Delhi escort #
escorts in Delhi #
independent Delhi escorts #
delhi call girls #
call girls in delhi #
female escorts delhi #
house wife escrts delhi #
delhi escort service #

Ritika Panday said...

I am the most beautiful and understanding Delhi Escorts with peak quality of services and assure to persuade each and every consumer as well with exact delight and pleasure in their lives.

Delhi Escorts ####
delhi call girls ####
delhi escorts service ####

«Oldest ‹Older   201 – 213 of 213   Newer› Newest» «Oldest ‹Older 201 – 213 of 213 Newer› Newest»

Post a Comment