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From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square: Kongo Dances and the Origins of the Mardi Gras Indians

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"This book presents a provocatively new interpretation of one of New Orleans's most enigmatic traditions--the Mardi Gras Indians. By interpreting the tradition in an Atlantic context, Dewulf traces the 'black Indians' back to the ancient Kingdom of Kongo and its war dance known as sangamento. He shows that good warriors in the Kongo kingdom were per definition also good dancers, masters of a technique of dodging, spinning, and leaping that was crucial in local warfare. Enslaved Kongolese brought the rhythm, dancing moves, ...

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From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square: Kongo Dances and the Origins of the Mardi Gras Indians
2017, University of Louisiana

ISBN-13: 9781935754961

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