Walk with the Guardians of the Flame on Mardi Gras 2013

Lundi Gras

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sending Ceremony

 Noon

Final Resting Place of
Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr.
St. Louis Cemetery # 3
3421 Esplanade Avenue

We will then caravan to

Tomb of the Unknown Slave
St. Augustine Church
1205 Governor Nichols

for a ritual honoring ancestors, children, and those who continue to continue to struggle for self-actualization, freedom, and peace in our world today.

 

 

The schedule for our coming out and walk on Mardi Gras day is subject to change due to expected rainy weather. We will post updates here, on our Facebook page, and via @QueenReesie.

Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society
Schedule for Mardi Gras Day 2013
February 12, 2013

All friends of all ages are invited to join us on our walk though our neighborhood on Mardi Gras morning.

This is a very special holiday for us, as we are coming out from the long-dreamed and recently-completed Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior Museum and Guardians Institute Headquarters at the corner of North Johnson and Independence Streets. We are grateful to all friends, supporters, and partners who have helped realize this project.

8:00 a.m. Leave from Donald Harrison, Senior Museum
Ceremony in memory of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr.
@ 1930 Independence

8:45 a.m. Home of Community Elder
George LaFrance

9:00 a.m. Home of Community Elders
Mrs. Perkins
Mrs. Boose

9:15 a.m. Musicians’ Village
Site of Memory stops at homes of
Mr. Peter “Chuck” Badie
Counsel Chief Joseph Jenkins
Lolet Boutee
Mr. Al “Carnival Time” Johnson
Mr. Joseph “Smokey” Johnson

10:00 a.m. Caravan to St. Margaret’s Daughters Home
@ 3419 St. Claude Ave.

 

Celebrate Saint Joseph’s Day with the Guardians of the Flame

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Friends old and new are invited to join the Guardians of the Flame on Monday, March 19, 2012 in observance of St. Joseph’s Day. We will gather at the building site of the Guardians Institute and Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior Museum at 1930 Independence Street (corner of N. Johnson and Independence Streets) in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans.
 
The St. Joseph Day Ceremony for ancestors starting at 5:30 pm will be lead by Medicine Queen Sula accompanied by members Native American and West African groups. Promptly following this at 6:00 pm will be the St. Joseph Novena and Feast Service conducted by Bishop Efzelda Booker Coleman. Items from the St. Joseph and Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior altars will be distributed at 7:00 pm.
 
For more information please contact Cherice Harrison-Nelson at 504-214-6630.

Baby Queen Kenya to host March 2012 Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior Book Club Event

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Four-year-old Kenya DeArmas already understands the power and importance of giving back to her community. The preschooler, Baby Queen of The Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society, will distribute copies of her favorite book to her classmates at the Total Community Action Founder’s Head Start Center (4128 Franklin Avenue) in New Orleans at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2012.

The program will also celebrate the 75th birthday of the Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior Book Club founder Herreast J. Harrison.

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Students in Kenya’s class will each receive a copy of her favorite book, ABC Disney Pop-Up Book by Robert Sabuda, and share birthday cupcakes in honor of Mrs. Harrison’s birthday.

The event will feature a special musical presentation by Big Chief Brian Nelson and the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians. Big Chief Brian and Baby Queen Kenya will lead students in a special conflict resolution version of the Mardi Gras Indian song “Two-Way-Pockey-Way.”

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During the time of the program Mrs. Harrison will be in Washington D. C. to receive the Director’s Community Leadership Award at the FBI Headquarters. Mrs. Harrison will be recognized at the special program for her efforts to improve the lives of children by providing over 30,000 new books to area school children valued at over $300,000.00.

The Book Club was inspired by the late Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr., who read over forty books a year and encouraged children to read by giving books as gifts. In the tradition of Big Chief Harrison, Friday’s presentation will provide children with books to enhance their personal libraries, love of reading, and academic achievement.

Kenya is also a student in the Guardians Institute’s Sankofa Saturday family program. The program focuses on civic engagement, family reading, and financial literacy.

Supporters of the program include Donald Harrison, Jr., New Orleans Musicians Assistance Fund, Guardians of the Flame Cultural Arts Society, Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, Academy-Award winning director Jonathan Demme, Grammy nominated jazz artist Christian Scott, HBO Treme actor Clarke Peters, and Tulane City Center, among others.

For more information about the Guardians Institute or the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indian group, contact Cherice Harrison-Nelson at (504) 214-6630.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior Book Club are very welcome. You may learn more about the program and give online at the Guardians Institute website.

Walk with the Guardians of the Flame on Mardi Gras Day 2012

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Gang flag. “Rise Up” is our theme for 2012.

 

Friends old and new were invited to join the Guardians of the Flame on our walk on Mardi Gras Day 2012. Thanks to all photographers and documentarians who collaborated with us to create a document of this year’s walk.

8 a.m.
COMING OUT THE DOOR
St. Mary of the Angels Church
3501 N. Miro Street (Intersection of N. Miro and Congress)

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Wild Woman Kahina


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Maroon Queen Reesie, center, accompanied by Pharoah Andrew, Medicine Woman Andaiye, Medicine Woman Oshun Ede, and Big Queen Allie Baby (with Adelle Gautier)


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Drummer Man Luther


8:30 am
CEREMONY IN MEMORY OF BIG CHIEF DONALD HARRISON, SENIOR
Harrison Family Home and site of The Guardians Institute
3630 N. Johnson Street (Intersection of N. Johnson and Independence)

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Edwin Harrison, Sr, Council Chief of Guardians of the Flame, releases a dove of peace outside the Harrison family home


9:00 a.m.
WALK THROUGH THE MUSICIANS’ VILLAGE
Memory stops at homes of
Mr. Peter “Chuck” Badie
Counsel Chief Joseph Jenkins
Mr. Al “Carnival Time” Johnson
Mr. Joseph “Smokey” Johnson

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Medicine Woman Andaiye and Little Medicine Woman Samara walk down Independence Street together

 

9:20 am
STOP AT THE HOME OF COMMUNITY ELDER MRS. PERKINS

Caravan to the Tremé

10:30 a.m.
CEREMONY FOR ANCESTORS, UNITY, AND PEACE
RELEASE OF WHITE DOVES
Tomb of the Unknown Slave
St. Augustine Church

1205 Gov. Nichols Street

Doves released by
Members of the Guardians of the Flame
Mardi Gras Indian Nation members
Dennis Soriano, Leader of the Congress of Day Laborers
Alison McCrary, Tribal Member – Eastern Band of the Cherokee
Will Harrell, Yazoo Tribe of Mississippi
Al Harris of St. Augustine Church Parish
Andrew Wiseman, Ewe People, Ghana, Ghana West Africa
Clarke Peters, “Guardians of the Flame Big Chief Albert Lambreaux” on the HBO series Tremé

11:00 a.m.
BACKSTREET MUSEUM
1116 Saint Claude Avenue

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Guardians of the Flame Queen Mother Supreme Herreast Harrison; Congo Nation Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jr; Guardians of the Flame Big Chief Brian Harrison Nelson; Guardians of the Flame Maroon Queen Cherice Harrison Nelson, Michele Harrison, and Cara Harrison

 

See also the document of our 2011 walk.

When photographing or recording the Guardians of the Flame this Mardi Gras Day, we ask that you observe the following basic courtesies applicable to all street photography and recording of Mardi Gras Indians:

Please be respectful of our ritual space. Please do not position yourself in ways that limit the movement of groups of Indians engaged in ritual and battle. Please do not intrude upon rituals with cameras, microphones, or other devices.

If possible, please introduce yourself to a member or representative of the gang and/or share a card with your contact information. The Guardians of the Flame will walk this year with a supporter assigned to speak with photographers, videographers, and other documentarians along our route. We look forward to meeting you.

If you know the name of the Mardi Gras Indian gang or tribe you are photographing, please include it in your posts to social media services.

You may contact and share content with Guardians of the Flame via the comments section of this post and/or via guardiansoftheflamenola@gmail.com and/or via Twitter at @bigchiefbrian and @queenreesie and/or via the Guardians of the Flame page on Facebook. We will also monitor #MardiGrasIndian and related tags and keywords.

Please be especially sensitive when photographing and recording Mardi Gras Indian children. They are participants in a public ritual, but they are still our children. Please do not photograph or record Young Guardians of the Flame and other children masking Indian without the consent of their nearby mentors, parents, or guardians. Please do not publish photographs of Young Guardians or the Flame without the written consent of their parents or guardians.

Let us use this crowd-sourcing project with the Guardians of the Flame on Mardi Gras Day 2012 to connect photographers, videographers, and audiographers to the Indian Nation more closely as we celebrate the joy and art of the creative and interpretive collaborative act of “seeing” the Mardi Gras Indians. 

Sharing content to the project implies permission for the Guardians of the Flame to share it for the purposes of this project as outlined above. It does not imply other rights to or ownership of your photograph or recording.

Thank you for your understanding, respect, support, and participation, and for sharing your photographs and recordings with the Guardians of the Flame.

 

Please join us at Noon on Lundi Gras for our 2012 Sending Ceremony

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Photos from our 2012 Sending Ceremony shared by Jacqueline Schmitz of the Congregation of St. Joseph

 

We invite photographers and documentarians to collaborate with us to update this post to create a document of this year’s sending ceremony. Please see guidelines below, and refer to the document of the 2011 ceremony.

 

Please join the Guardians of the Flame at Noon on Lundi Gras (Monday, Feburary 20) at the final resting place of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior in St Louis Cemetery #3 for our 2012 Sending Ceremony.

Guardians of the Flame Medicine Women and Zion Trinity members Sula Evans and Andaiye Alimayu will conduct the pre-Mardi Gras Sending Ceremony to commemorate the ritual of the Big Chief sending the gang out by position on Mardi Gras morning.

The ceremony will include chants from the Motherland, drumming, gifting of sacred items, and libations to our founder, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior.

As part of the ceremony, Guardians of the Flame will welcome our new Native American members, Warrior Chief Will Harrell (Yazoo) and Counsel Spy Alison McCrary (Eastern Band Cherokee), and reflect upon our coming out for the first time as Maroon Society.

Please plan to wear something red (handkerchief, headwrap, scarf or clothing) to confirm your participation in this uniquely Guardians of the Flame event.

When you enter the cemetery from Esplanade Avenue, look for the Guardians of the Flame and friends gathered in the area to your right near Esplanade Avenue.

 

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When photographing or recording the Guardians of the Flame, we ask that you observe the following basic courtesies applicable to all street photography and recording of Mardi Gras Indians:

Please be respectful of our ritual space. Please do not position yourself in ways that limit the movement of groups of Indians engaged in ritual and battle. Please do not intrude upon rituals with cameras, microphones, or other devices.

If possible, please introduce yourself to a member or representative of the gang and/or share a card with your contact information. The Guardians of the Flame will walk this year with a supporter assigned to speak with photographers, videographers, and other documentarians along our route. We look forward to meeting you.

If you know the name of the Mardi Gras Indian gang or tribe you are photographing, please include it in your posts to social media services.

You may contact and share content with Guardians of the Flame via the comments section of this post and/or via guardiansoftheflamenola@gmail.com and/or via Twitter at @bigchiefbrian and @queenreesie and/or via the Guardians of the Flame page on Facebook. We will also monitor #MardiGrasIndian and related tags and keywords.

Please be especially sensitive when photographing and recording Mardi Gras Indian children. They are participants in a public ritual, but they are still our children. Please do not photograph or record Young Guardians of the Flame and other children masking Indian without the consent of their nearby mentors, parents, or guardians. Please do not publish photographs of Young Guardians or the Flame without the written consent of their parents or guardians.

Let us use this crowd-sourcing project with the Guardians of the Flame on Mardi Gras Day 2012 to connect photographers, videographers, and audiographers to the Indian Nation more closely as we celebrate the joy and art of the creative and interpretive collaborative act of “seeing” the Mardi Gras Indians. 

Sharing content to the project implies permission for the Guardians of the Flame to share it for the purposes of this project as outlined above. It does not imply other rights to or ownership of your photograph or recording.

Thank you for your understanding, respect, support, and participation, and for sharing your photographs and recordings with the Guardians of the Flame.

 

Guardians of the Flame Roll Call 2012

“Rise Up!”

February 21, 2012

Big Chief Brian
Big Queen Allie Baby
Spy Boy Kenneth
Maroon Queen Reesie
Wild Woman Kahina
Pharaoh Andrew
Spy Boy Dondrell
Medicine Queen Sula
Counsel Spy Alison
Warrior Counsel Chief Will
Little Chief Kevin
Little Queen Malon
Baby Queen Kenya
Little Warrior Niccolas
Little Baby Queen Ruby
Little Baby Queen Cailey
Princess Kelci
Princess Irvinyell
Medicine Woman Andaiye
Medicine Woman Oshun Ede
Little Medicine Woman Samara
Griot Adella
iGirl Crystal
Drummer Man Luther
Royal Dancer Jamilah
Percussionist Ephraim
Percussionist Jonaseth
Percussionist Zechariah
Percussionist Tevis
Elder Phanuel
Counsel Chief Joe
Counsel Chief Uncle Edwin
Honorary Chief JayDee
Honorary Queen Rebecca
Maroon Sister Michele
Maroon Songstress Cara
Royal Songstress Dreena
Royal Stitchtress Janet
Maroon Mundunugu Evelyn
Girl Friday Anastasia

Queen Mother Supreme Herreast
 
Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society honors the memory of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr.
January 27, 1933 – December 1, 1998