Mardi Gras Indians
will study Mardi Gras Indians as a cultural response of the African American
community in New Orleans to the Jim Crow system of segregation.
OVERVIEW: This unit makes
use of the free National Park Service double CD set Songs of the Lower Mississippi Delta, created by the New Orleans
Jazz National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/jazz)
. The park, located in the French Quarter, interprets the origins, early
history, and development of jazz music. The CD is
funded through a grant from the Lower
Mississippi Delta Initiative (www.cr.nps.gov/delta), whose goals are to
preserve the regions’ and natural resources and to enhance heritage tourism
within the region. Please visit www.nps.gov for more
information about the relevant parks.
CD contains a total of 29 songs, many of which are used in lesson plans available
elsewhere on this site.
CURRICULUM STANDARDS: From
The History Standards Project,
directed by the National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS). http://www.uni.edu/icss/standards.html http://nchs.ucla.edu/
LANGUAGE ARTS: From the Common Core State Standards
Initiative http://www.corestandards.org/ . http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards
United States History
Behavioral Studies : Topic: Cultural
diffusion, adaptation, and interaction
Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development,
identity, and behavior
Understands various meanings of social group, general implications of
group membership, and different ways that groups function
that groups have patterns for preserving and transmitting culture even as they
adapt to environmental and/or social change.
that groups have patterns for preserving culture even as they adapt to
that groups have patterns for transmitting culture even as they adapt to
that groups have patterns for preserving culture even as they adapt to social
that groups have patterns for transmitting culture even as they adapt to social
Language Arts: from
Key Ideas and Details
Read closely to determine what the text says
explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual
evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Craft and Structure
4. Interpret words and phrases as they are
used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative
meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
OBJECTIVES: The student will
Learn basic information about the Mardi Gras
Indian tradition of New Orleans.
Make connections between the folk tradition of
the Mardi Gras Indians and the idea of resistance to oppression.
Come to appreciate the discipline required to
produce the artistically created costumes worn by the Mardi Gras Indians.
CD player or some other means of playing an
Two CD set songs
of the Lower Mississippi River Delta (provided free of charge by the New
Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, New Orleans, Louisiana)
Copies of lyrics to Indians, Here They Come, or some other means of
sharing written lyrics with students.
Pencils or pens and blank lined paper.