Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame to Showcase Work of Oldest Living Masking Indian

The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame will present Pretty Matters, a solo art shows featuring the work of Flag Boy Isaac Edwards, the oldest known living masking Indian. The opening event will take place this Saturday, February 27 at the Arts Estuary in New Orleans. It will be the 92-year-old Indian’s first-ever solo show.

Edwards’–a co-founder of the White Eagles–has been masking since the 1930s. He is known for his butterfly and eagle imagery, which make up the bulk of his creations. His work has been in numerous venues over the years, including the National Civil Rights Museum, the McKenna Museum of African American Art Queen’s Hall in Trinidad, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation gallery and the Donald Harrison, Sr. Museum.

The oppning will take place from 1 to 3pm, and will be open to the public. The event will include a conversation with Edwards and the show’s curator, Donald Harrison Sr. Museum Director and Co-founder Herreast Harrison. The show will also conclude with a performance of traditional Mardi Gras Indian chants.