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“Mardi Gras Indians” by Nikesha EliseWilliams

2023 Louisiana State University

Photo by Arthur Severio

Cherice Harrison,Nelson, Queen Reesie, a powerful culture bearer for the Mardi Gras Indian community as well as our creative culture community. She designs and the Mardi Gras costumes she wears as the Maroon Queen of the Guardian of the Flame. In her role as a cultural leader, she works with young children passing on the ttraditions that were passed down to her from her ancestors.

Photo by Arthur Severio

"Chariece Harrison Nelson, daughter of Donaldson Harrison, Sr,, embraced, like her father, the African roots of the masking traditions."

Chereice is an author of many articles about her and her role of being a female powerhouse in the "Maroons, " she is also a playwright.

I've had the pleasure of photographing Charisse many times. Our photographic collaborations have led to a friendship that continues to be inspirational

Thank tou to my Queen Reesie.

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