NATIVE AMERICAN VILLAGE

LOUISIANA IS RICH IN NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE.

From the beginning of Jazz Fest, 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 Festivalgoers 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 delicious southeastern fry bread 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.

MUSIC

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 Native Nations Intertribal and Black Lodge Singers.

EDUCATIONAL
PROGRAM

On Saturday April 30th, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell will present an educational program for Native American youth at Lafourche High School auditorium in Lafourche Parish. The workshop will feature the Martha Redbone Roots Project!

Weekend 1

TENT A
LOUISIANA NATIVE NATIONS

PINE NEEDLE BASKETS
Marjorie Battise
Coushatta
Kinder, LA

WOOD CARVING
Ivy Billiot
United Houma Nation
Houma, LA

PINE NEEDLE BASKETS &
NATIVE AMERICAN JEWELRY
Becky Thomas-Meziere
Clifton Choctaw
Natchitoches, LA

WOOD CARVING & MINIATURE BOATS
Douglas Fazzio
United Houma Nation
Houma, LA

PINE NEEDLE BASKETS
Myrna Wilson
Coushatta
Elton, LA

Weekend 2

TENT A
LOUISIANA NATIVE NATIONS

BASKET WEAVING
Lora Ann Chaisson
United Houma Nation
Montegut, LA


RIVER CANE BASKETS
John & Scarlett Darden
Chitimacha
Charenton, LA


GARFISH SCALE JEWELRY &
HOUMA HALF-HITCHED
PALMETTO BASKETS
Janie Luster
United Houma Nation
Theriot, LA


WOOD CARVING
Roy Parfait
United Houma Nation
Dulac, LA

Happenings
& POW WOWs

NATIVE NATIONS INTERTRIBAL
FRIDAY, APRIL 29: 12:00-12:20, 1:20-1:40, 4:00-4:25
SATURDAY, APRIL 30: 12:05-12:25, 1:20-1:45, 4:10-4:35
SUNDAY, MAY 1: 12:05-12:25, 1:20-1:40, 2:35-3:00

BLACK LODGE SINGERS
THURSDAY, MAY 5:  12:05-12:25, 1:15-1:35, 4:00-4:25
FRIDAY, MAY 6: 12:05-12:25, 1:20-1:40, 2:35-2:55
SATURDAY, MAY 7: 12:10-12:30, 1:20-1:45, 2:45-3:05
SUNDAY, MAY 8: 12:10-12:30, 1:20-1:40, 2:40-3:00

MARIACHI JALISCO
THURSDAY, MAY 5: 2:35–3:00