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This edition: Grouping by Gender, Age, Common Interest & Class

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Episode Details

This program explores concepts related to non-kin-based social groupings by focusing on the culture of the Black Indians of New Orleans. They are a common interest group that celebrates their own art and culture, culminating in their annual celebration of Mardi Gras separately from the better known White Carnival. Divisions within the group based on age and gender are discussed, as are its origins and history as an oppressed minority social class excluded from the white Mardi Gras. Finally the lesson examines the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the culture of the Mardi Gras Black Indians and on the recovery of the city in general.