Big Chief Larry Bannock’s Funeral Set for Saturday, May 10

Three days after performing with the Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians on April 27 at Jazz Fest 2014, Big Chief Larry Bannock passed away.

Larry Bannock, Jazz Fest 2014, by Stephen Maloney, OffBeat Magazine

Big Chief Larry Bannock at Jazz Fest 2014. Photo by Stephen Maloney

In a 2006 profile by longtime OffBeat contributor Geraldine Wyckoff highlighting the resiliency of Indians bouncing back from Hurricane Katrina, Bannock said nothing could keep Indian culture down for very long.

“All it takes is one Indian on the corner and we’re going to survive,” Bannock said in the article, “Injuns Here Dey Come.”

Bannock became Big Chief of the Golden Star Hunters in 1979 after holding the position of First Spyboy for six years, according to the article.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 10, at the City of Love Church at 8601 Palmetto St. Viewing will begin at 11 a.m. and the service will start at noon.

A traditional Mardi Gras Indian tribal ceremony will follow the funeral.