Interview with Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Big Chief of the Northside Skull and Bones Gang.
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Intervew of Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Big Chief of Northside Skull and Bones Gang, a Mardi Gras Indian group by Kim Vaz-Deville. Bruce Barnes talked about himcoming to New Orleans from Arkansas, his grandmother who was a "voodoo queen" and her influence on his life, how he started masking, the spiritual connection he felt with African culture and traditions, the history of the group in 1819 and the pageantry and traditions of parading during carnival.
Xavier University of Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras Indians, Northside Skull and Bonge Gang (New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians), African American culture, New Orleans
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Vaz-Deville, Kim and Thomas, Lexcie, "Interview with Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Big Chief of the Northside Skull and Bones Gang." (2020). Masked in Mardi Gras: Afro Diasporic Sacred Traditions in the New Orleans Carnival. 12.