Summer of Music: Harlem Outdoor Music and Screening Series
Co-Presented by Reel Harlem: The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival
LOCATION: The Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell
(148th St. & Bradhurst Avenue)
Rain Location: Jackie Robinson Park Recreation Center, 85 Bradhurst Avenue at 146th Street
Wednesday, July 25th
The National Jazz Museum All-Stars
New Orleans Inspired Live Jazz Set
Film Introduction by Director Aaron C. Walker
Bury the Hatchet
Aaron C. Walker, 2011, 90 min.
Bury the Hatchet is a portrait of three Mardi Gras Indian "Big Chiefs." These New Orleans men are the descendants of runaway slaves who were taken in by the Native Americans of the Louisiana bayous. These African-American tribes were once plagued by violent gang-style clashes. Now, every year during Mardi Gras, they take to the backstreets of New Orleans, dressed in elaborate Native American -influenced costumes that they sew over the course of the year. Where they once fought with hatchets, they now battle over which Chief has the best suit. Following the Mardi Gras Indians over the course of five years - before, during and after Hurricane Katrina - filmmaker Aaron C. Walker explores their art and philosophies, as well as their struggles within their communities: harassment by the police, violence amongst themselves, gentrification of their neighborhoods, disinterested youth, old age and natural disaster.