Walking Raddy Book

Walking Raddy


  • Author : Kim Vaz-Deville
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2018-05-17
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496817433

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Walking Raddy Excerpt :

Contributions by Jennifer Atkins, Vashni Balleste, Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, Ron Bechet, Melanie Bratcher, Jerry Brock, Ann Bruce, Violet Harrington Bryan, Rachel Carrico, Sarah Anita Clunis, Phillip Colwart, Keith Duncan, Rob Florence, Pamela R. Franco, Daniele Gair, Meryt Harding, Megan Holt, DeriAnne Meilleur Honora, Marielle Jeanpierre, Ulrick Jean-Pierre, Jessica Marie Johnson, Karen La Beau, D. Lammie-Hanson, Karen Trahan Leathem, Charles Lovell, Annie Odell, Ruth Owens, Steve Prince, Nathan "Nu'Awlons Natescott" Haynes Scott, LaKisha Michelle Simmons, Tia L. Smith, Gailene McGhee St.Amand, and Kim Vaz-Deville Since 2004, the Baby Doll Mardi Gras tradition in New Orleans has gone from an obscure, almost forgotten practice to a flourishing cultural force. The original Baby Dolls were groups of black women, and some men, in the early Jim Crow era who adopted New Orleans street masking tradition as a unique form of fun and self-expression against a backdrop of racial discrimination. Wearing short dresses, bloomers, bonnets, and garters with money tucked tight, they strutted, sang ribald songs, chanted, and danced on Mardi Gras Day and on St. Joseph feast night. Today's Baby Dolls continue the tradition of one of the first street women's masking and marching groups in the United States. They joyfully and unabashedly defy gender roles, claiming public space and proclaiming through their performance their right to social citizenship. Essayists draw on interviews, theoretical perspectives, archival material, and historical assessments to describe women's cultural performances that take place on the streets of New Orleans. They recount the history and contemporary resurgence of the Baby Dolls while delving into the larger cultural meaning of the phenomenon. Over 140 color photographs and personal narratives of immersive experiences provide passionate testimony of the impact of the Baby Dolls on their audiences. Fifteen artists offer statements regarding their work docum

Walking Raddy Book

Walking Raddy


  • Author : Kim Vaz-Deville
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2018-05-17
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496817419

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Walking Raddy Excerpt :

Contributions by Jennifer Atkins, Vashni Balleste, Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, Ron Bechet, Melanie Bratcher, Jerry Brock, Ann Bruce, Violet Harrington Bryan, Rachel Carrico, Sarah Anita Clunis, Phillip Colwart, Keith Duncan, Rob Florence, Pamela R. Franco, Daniele Gair, Meryt Harding, Megan Holt, DeriAnne Meilleur Honora, Marielle Jeanpierre, Ulrick Jean-Pierre, Jessica Marie Johnson, Karen La Beau, D. Lammie-Hanson, Karen Trahan Leathem, Charles Lovell, Annie Odell, Ruth Owens, Steve Prince, Nathan "Nu'Awlons Natescott" Haynes Scott, LaKisha Michelle Simmons, Tia L. Smith, Gailene McGhee St.Amand, and Kim Vaz-Deville Since 2004, the Baby Doll Mardi Gras tradition in New Orleans has gone from an obscure, almost forgotten practice to a flourishing cultural force. The original Baby Dolls were groups of black women, and some men, in the early Jim Crow era who adopted New Orleans street masking tradition as a unique form of fun and self-expression against a backdrop of racial discrimination. Wearing short dresses, bloomers, bonnets, and garters with money tucked tight, they strutted, sang ribald songs, chanted, and danced on Mardi Gras Day and on St. Joseph feast night. Today's Baby Dolls continue the tradition of one of the first street women's masking and marching groups in the United States. They joyfully and unabashedly defy gender roles, claiming public space and proclaiming through their performance their right to social citizenship. Essayists draw on interviews, theoretical perspectives, archival material, and historical assessments to describe women's cultural performances that take place on the streets of New Orleans. They recount the history and contemporary resurgence of the Baby Dolls while delving into the larger cultural meaning of the phenomenon. Over 140 color photographs and personal narratives of immersive experiences provide passionate testimony of the impact of the Baby Dolls on their audiences. Fifteen artists offer statements regarding their work docum

The Golden Crown Book

The Golden Crown


  • Author : Clarence Williams Jr.
  • Publisher : Page Publishing Inc
  • Release Date : 2020-11-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781684097555

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The Golden Crown: A Story of Black New Orleans. Henderson Brooks, the youngest of three New Orleans brothers, is a riverfront foreman with a wife and three children. He is also chief of the Downtown Warriors, a Mardi Gras Indian tribe that parades every Mardi Gras Day. His tribe is in competition with at least thirty tribes about the city for splendor and innovation in costume design. His father and grandfather were Downtown Warrior chiefs before him, and his grandfather founded the tribe in

GUMBO YA YA Book

GUMBO YA YA


  • Author : Robert Tallant
  • Publisher : Pelican Publishing Company
  • Release Date : 1987-05-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 9781455605446

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GUMBO YA YA Excerpt :

The living folklore of Louisiana returns in this new edition of the classic Gumbo Ya-Ya. Long considered the finest collection of Louisiana folk tales and customs, Gumbo Ya-Ya chronicles the stories and legends that have emerged from the bayou country. Meet the Krewe of Zulu, New Orleans' most colorful all-black Carnival club, and the many tribes of Indians who help celebrate Mardi Gras with their fierce pageantry. Listen to the street criers entice customers to buy their goods. Produce peddlers hawk watermelon, cantaloupe, snap and butter beans, and strawberries. The charcoal man sells fuel to stoke the wash-day fires, while the kindling man offers to saw two cords for a dollar and dinner. Zabette and Rose Gla dispense the choicest coffee available in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The bottle man collects old bottles, rags, and bones, driving a hard bargain with the children who expect handfuls of peppermints, whistles, horns, and rattles for their hoards of treasure. All aspects of society are detailed in this wonderful album of Louisiana tradition: the Vieux Carr Creoles, with their strict codes of family honor; the burly Irish Channel immigrants; the lively Italians who still honor St. Joseph and St. Rosalia with all the pomp of the Old Country; and the fun-loving Cajuns, with their curious family names and spirited fais do do. There's no escaping superstition and voodoo in Louisiana. Several sections explain the customs and beliefs that have sprung up over the centuries. Always burn onion peels to ensure a steady supply of money. Sprinkle nutmeg in a woman's left shoe every night at midnight to drive her crazy. Kiss your elbow to change your sex. Gumbo Ya-Ya ( Everybody Talks at Once ) is a charming look at the legends and practices of Louisiana, particularly New Orleans. Originally written as part of the WPA's Louisiana Writers' Program, it has endured as a classic of its genre and is again available in a beautiful Pelican edition.

One Grand Noise Book

One Grand Noise


  • Author : Jerrilyn McGregory
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2021-07-29
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496834805

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One Grand Noise Excerpt :

For many, December 26 is more than the day after Christmas. Boxing Day is one of the world’s most celebrated cultural holidays. As a legacy of British colonialism, Boxing Day is observed throughout Africa and parts of the African diaspora, but, unlike Trinidadian Carnival and Mardi Gras, fewer know of Bermuda’s Gombey dancers, Bahamian Junkanoo, Dangriga’s Jankunú and Charikanari, St. Croix’s Crucian Christmas Festival, and St. Kitts’s Sugar Mas. One Grand Noise: Boxing Day in the Anglicized Caribbean World delivers a highly detailed, thought-provoking examination of the use of spectacular vernacular to metaphorically dramatize such tropes as “one grand noise,” “foreday morning,” and from “back o’ town.” In cultural solidarity and an obvious critique of Western values and norms, revelers engage in celebratory sounds, often donning masks, cross-dressing, and dancing with abandon along thoroughfares usually deemed anathema to them. Folklorist Jerrilyn McGregory demonstrates how the cultural producers in various island locations ritualize Boxing Day as a part of their struggles over identity, class, and gender relations in accordance with time and space. Based on ethnographic study undertaken by McGregory, One Grand Noise explores Boxing Day as part of a creolization process from slavery into the twenty-first century. McGregory traces the holiday from its Egyptian origins to today and includes chapters on the Gombey dancers of Bermuda, the evolution of Junkanoo/Jankunú in The Bahamas and Belize, and J'ouvert traditions in St. Croix and St. Kitts. Through her exploration of the holiday, McGregory negotiates the ways in which Boxing Day has expanded from small communal traditions into a common history of colonialism that keeps alive a collective spirit of resistance.

Whiskey  Women  and War Book

Whiskey Women and War


  • Author : Brian Altobello
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2021-08-23
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496835109

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Whiskey Women and War Excerpt :

Entering World War I in 1917, a burst of patriotism in New Orleans collided with civil liberties. The city, due to its French heritage, shared a strong cultural tie to the Allies, and French speakers from Louisiana provided vital technical assistance to the US military during the war effort. Meanwhile, citizens of German heritage were harassed by unscrupulous, ill-trained volunteers of the American Protective League, ordained by the Justice Department to shield America from enemies within. As a major port, the wartime mobilization dramatically reshaped the cultural landscape of the city in ways that altered the national culture, especially as jazz musicians spread outward from the vice districts. Whiskey, Women, and War: How the Great War Shaped Jim Crow New Orleans surveys the various ways the city confronted the demands of World War I under the supervision of a dynamic political machine boss. Author Brian Altobello analyzes the mobilization of the local population in terms of enlistments and war bond sales and addresses the anti-vice crusade meant to safeguard the American war effort, giving attention to Prohibition and the closure of the red-light district known as Storyville. He studies the political fistfight over women’s suffrage, as New Orleans’s Gordon sisters demanded the vote predicated on the preservation of white supremacy. Finally, he examines race relations in the city, as African Americans were integrated into the city’s war effort and cultural landscape even as Jim Crow was firmly established. Ultimately, the volume brings to life this history of a city that endured World War I in its own singular style.

The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies Book

The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies


  • Author : Simon J. Bronner
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-08-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 856
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190840648

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The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies Excerpt :

The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies surveys the materials, approaches, concepts, and applications of the field to provide a sweeping guide to American folklore and folklife, culture, history, and society. Forty-three comprehensive and diverse chapters delve into significant themes and methods of folklore and folklife study; established expressions and activities; spheres and locations of folkloric action; and shared cultures and common identities. Beyond the longstanding arenas of academic focus developed throughout the 350-year legacy of folklore and folklife study, contributors at the forefront of the field also explore exciting new areas of attention that have emerged in the twenty-first century such as the Internet, bodylore, folklore of organizations and networks, sexual orientation, neurodiverse identities, and disability groups. Encompassing a wide range of cultural traditions in the United States, from bits of slang in private conversations to massive public demonstrations, ancient beliefs to contemporary viral memes, and a simple handshake greeting to group festivals, these chapters consider the meanings in oral, social, and material genres of dance, ritual, drama, play, speech, song, and story while drawing attention to tradition-centered communities such as the Amish and Hasidim, occupational groups and their workaday worlds, and children and other age groups. Weaving together such varied and manifest traditions, this handbook pays significant attention to the cultural diversity and changing national boundaries that have always been distinctive in the American experience, reflecting on the relative youth of the nation; global connections of customs brought by immigrants; mobility of residents and their relation to an indigenous, urbanized, and racialized population; and a varied landscape and settlement pattern. Edited by leading folklore scholar Simon J. Bronner, this handbook celebrates the extraordinary richness of the America

Cherchez la Femme Book

Cherchez la Femme


  • Author : Cheryl Gerber
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2019-12-26
  • Genre: Photography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496826206

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Cherchez la Femme Excerpt :

Contributions by Constance Adler, Karen Celestan, Alison Fensterstock, Kathy Finn, Helen Freund, Cheryl Gerber, Anne Gisleson, Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Karen Trahan Leathem, Katy Reckdahl, Melanie Warner Spencer, Sue Strachan, Kim Vaz-Deville, and Geraldine Wyckoff New Orleans native Cheryl Gerber captures the vibrancy and diversity of New Orleans women in Cherchez la Femme: New Orleans Women. Inspired by the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, DC, Gerber’s book includes over two hundred photographs of the city’s most well-known women and the everyday women who make New Orleans so rich and diverse. Drawing from her own archives as well as new works, Gerber’s selection of photographs in Cherchez la Femme highlights the contributions of women to the city, making it one of the only photographic histories of modern New Orleans women. Alongside Gerber’s photographs are twelve essays written by female writers about such women as Leah Chase, Irma Thomas, Mignon Faget, and Trixie Minx. Also featured are prominent groups of women that have made their mark on the city, like the Mardi Gras Indians, Baby Dolls, and the Krewe of Muses, among others. The book is divided into eleven chapters, each celebrating the women who add to New Orleans’s uniqueness, including entertainers, socialites, activists, musicians, chefs, entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders, and burlesque artists.

Lords of Misrule Book
Score: 5
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Lords of Misrule


  • Author : James Gill
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Carnival
  • Pages : 303
  • ISBN 10 : 1604736380

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Lords of Misrule Excerpt :

"Mardi Gras remains one of the most distinctive features of New Orleans. Although the city has celerated Carnival since its days as a French and Spanish colonial outpost, the rituals familiar today were largely established in the Civil War era by a white male elite." -- back cover.

The Caves That Time Forgot Book
Score: 5
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The Caves That Time Forgot


  • Author : Gilbert Morris
  • Publisher : Moody Publishers
  • Release Date : 1995-05-05
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 0802481159

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The Caves That Time Forgot Excerpt :

The Dark Lord's power has spread to the mysterious Caves of Mondar. The Seven Sleepers are called to free the people there by teaching them the virtues of honor, dignity, and generosity.

Mardi Gras       As It Was Book

Mardi Gras As It Was


  • Author : Tallant, Robert
  • Publisher : Pelican Publishing
  • Release Date : 2010-09-23
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1455608343

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Seven Sleeper Series Book

Seven Sleeper Series


  • Author : Gilbert L Morris
  • Publisher : Moody Publishers
  • Release Date : 1997-05-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 1653
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802482204

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Seven Sleeper Series Excerpt :

This set includes all ten books of the Seven Sleeper Series: Flight of the Eagles, The Gates of Neptune, The Sword of Camelot, The Caves Time Forgot, Winged Raiders of the Desert, Empress of the Underworld, Voyage of the Dolphin, Attack of the Amazons, Escape with the Dream Maker, and The Final Kingdom. Go with Josh and his friends as they are sent by Goél , their spiritual leader, on dangerous and challenging voyages to conquer the forces of darkness in the new world. Ages 10-14.

The  Baby Dolls  Book

The Baby Dolls


  • Author : Kim Marie Vaz
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN 10 : 0807150738

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The Baby Dolls Excerpt :

"One of the first women's organizations to mask and perform during Mardi Gras, the Million Dollar Baby Dolls redefined the New Orleans carnival tradition. Tracing their origins from Storyville-era brothels and dance halls to their re-emergence in post-Katrina New Orleans, author Kim Marie Vaz uncovers the fascinating history of the 'raddy-walking, shake-dancing, cigar-smoking, money-flinging' ladies who strutted their way into a predominantly male establishment. The Baby Dolls formed around 1912 as an organization of African American women who used their profits from working in New Orleans's red-light district to compete with other Black prostitutes on Mardi Gras. Part of this event involved the tradition of masking, in which carnival groups create a collective identity through costuming. Their baby doll costumes--short satin dresses, stockings with garters, and bonnets--set against a bold and provocative public behavior not only exploited stereotypes but also empowered and made visible an otherwise marginalized female demographic. Over time, different neighborhoods adopted the Baby Doll tradition, stirring the creative imagination of Black women and men across New Orleans, from the downtown Tremé area to the uptown community of Mahalia Jackson. Vaz follows the Baby Doll phenomenon through one hundred years with photos, articles, and interviews and concludes with the birth of contemporary groups, emphasizing these organizations' crucial contribution to Louisiana's cultural history."--Page 4 of cover.

Banjo Player s Songbook Book

Banjo Player s Songbook


  • Author : Tim Jumper
  • Publisher : Oak Publications
  • Release Date : 1984-01-01
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783234783

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Banjo Player s Songbook Excerpt :

Over 200 great songs arranged for the five-string banjo complete with lyrics for each song. Includes folk songs, sentimental favourites, song of the sea, fiddle tunes, and much more.

Forget Me Not Book
Score: 4
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Forget Me Not


  • Author : Jennifer Lowe-Anker
  • Publisher : The Mountaineers Books
  • Release Date : 2009-04-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781594851148

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Forget Me Not Excerpt :

"Forget Me Not will stay with your forever. It is a beautifully written story of great love, great daring, great loss, and great recovery. Most of all, it is a story of great courage." - Tom Brokaw High in the Himalaya, a world-class adventurer dies, leaving a wife, three young sons and a best friend to cope with their grief... In 1999, well-known mountaineer, Alex Lowe, died tragically in an avalanche on the remote Himalayan Mountain Shishapangma, leaving his wife Jennifer alone to raise their three children. Alex was widely considered one of the greatest modern climbers of our time, and the world mourned his loss. Tom Brokaw interviewed Jennifer Lowe and Conrad Anker for Dateline, and Sting narrated and composed music for a tribute film, The Endless Knot. While Jenni and her sons faced the absence of a husband and father, Alex's longtime climbing partner, Conrad Anker, who survived the accident that killed Lowe, faced his own grief and survivor's guilt. Jenni and Conrad gradually, and unexpectedly, found solace in each other. Through letters and expedition notes from Alex, Forget Me Not spans continents and tells the story of three people whose lives intertwine to a degree they could never have imagined. Jenni's account takes readers inside a woman's heart and mind as she navigates her shattered life and survives, finding love through loss. From the valleys of Montana, to the peaks of the Himalayas, this is the story of growing up, falling in love, finding adventure, rejoicing in parenthood, living through heartbreak, and believing in possibility -- above all else. Readers will be spit from their armchairs, soaring across the heights of the highest peaks, and into the heart of the American west--with the voice of a soulful friend guiding their path.