NATIVE AMERICAN VILLAGE
Louisiana is rich in Native American culture. From the first Jazz Fest 50 years ago, local tribal craftspeople have showcased their crafts at the festival. A celebration of the influence of Louisiana tribes, the Native American Village within the Folklife Village focuses on the rich heritage of our state’s indigenous peoples. The Native American Village offers Festival-goers an oasis of tranquil charm. Relax under the shade canopy of a palmetto-thatched chickee while enjoying traditional drumming and singing by indigenous dance and pow wow troupes. Taste traditional southeastern maque choux as you watch demonstrations of basket weaving and woodcarving by Louisiana’s tribal elders and their apprentices. The Native Nations Tent showcases
Louisiana’s indigenous craftspeople from state and federally recognized Louisiana tribes including United
Houma Nation, Jena Band of Choctaw, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, and Louisiana Band of Choctaw.
There will be daily exhibition pow wow performances including traditional, fancy shawl, straight dance, grass dance, jingle, hoop, southern cloth and stomp dance. Festival-goers will have a unique opportunity to learn about the origins of these diverse dances and marvel at the colorful regalia and intricate movements that characterize the southeastern pow wow. This year’s Drum groups include Grammy winners Northern Cree of Canada and Native Nations Intertribal.
On Wednesday, April 24th the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell will present an educational program for Native American youth at South Lafourche High School, in Lafourche Parish. The workshop will feature indigenous hip hop singer Joey Stylez!