WELCOME TO THE LEGENDARY BIG CHIEF MONK BOUDREAUX'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE -- The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian phenomenon is part music, part heritage, part ancestry, part revelry, part fashion, and often misunderstood. Chief Monk Boudreaux is one of the most famous and enduring leaders of that culture and head of the Golden Eagle Mardi Gras Indian tribe & a member of the Legendary Wild Magnolias. He admitted that he shared those feelings of confusion related to those traditions that he embraced long before he fully grasped them & now the world must know just WHAT IS A MARDI GRAS INDIAN........Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
SHAMAN OF THE TRIBE
The clouds are gathering and darkening over the corner of 2nd and Dryades on Mardi Gras 2013. Rain has been forecast. The streets are crowded, and the once organized but now chaotic spread of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian Gang is trying to assemble to make their move back to home base on Valence and Magnolia. Grown women dressed in Crayola-toned stockings, short-shorts, and baby doll bonnets mill about with drinks or flasks in their hands. A couple of guys with clumps of Spanish moss hot glued onto pants and shirts contemplate the weather and the wondrous mix of deep spirit and sheer, stumbling comedy that this scene always possesses. (confession- I am one of those Mossmen.") Indians resplendant in bright yellow ostrich-feathered head dresses, torquoise trim, and intricate beaded patches gather next to homeboys in baseball caps holding bass drums--Read More Here
Monk in the Louisiana WeeklyMardi Gras Indian chants often tell the history of the gangs and their experiences, encounters and battles on the streets. On Monk Boudreaux’s latest album, Won’t Bow Down, the renowned Big Chief of the Golden Eagles makes it more personal with many of the tunes offering insights about his life as both a Black Indian and a man. Read More Here
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