Carnival panel April 23 features Mardi Gras Indian chief

Darryl Montana
Darryl Montana

Darryl Montana, Big Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indian tribe, will be featured in an upcoming panel discussion on “Festival Arts, Carnival, and Community Development.” The event is free and open to the public and will take place Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre. See the event poster

Also featured at the event will be Montana’s wife Sabrina Mays-Montana, founder and president of Faces of Culture/Allison Montana Institute of Art, Culture, and Tradition. Other panelists include John Englebrecht, program director, Public Space One; Richard Turner, UI professor of religious studies; and Loyce Arthur, UI professor of theatre arts.

Montana’s father, Allison “Tootie” Montana, retired in 1997 from the painstaking labor of creating a new Mardi Gras suit each year and conferred the title of chief on his son. Tootie Montana is featured in the documentary “Tootie’s Last Suit.”  Darryl Montana appeared in the HBO series “Treme.”

This event is sponsored by the Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies program (CDA), the Obermann Center, the UI Center for Human Rights, the School of Urban and Regional Planning, and the Division of Performing Arts.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Loyce Arthur in advance at 319-353-2409.

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