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Bury the Hatchet


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86 minutes | USA  | English  | International Premiere | Rating: PG

Aaron Walker’s new film takes you deep into the heart of New Orleans to discover a celebration hidden from mainstream Mardi Gras. Each year, members of a predominantly African-American neighbourhood dress up as Indians to honour the Native American communities that harboured blacks escaping from slavery. A Mardi Gras tradition that dates back to perhaps as far as the mid-19th century, the ‘Indians’ have created a highly intricate structure, with over 40 ‘tribes’ featuring hierarchical roles such as chief, medicine man and flag boy. Through Walker’s portrayal, audiences experience the rich history and struggles this community has faced. Enduring street violence, police harassment and Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, the Mardi Gras ‘Indians’ find the strength to carry on their traditions. Bury the Hatchet also presents a soundtrack of rare music passed down through generations, many of the songs having never been written down or recorded before the 1970s. - Heather Haynes.

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Aaron Walker

Executive Producer: Marie Slaight
Producer: Aaron Walker
Associate Producers: George Ingmire
Julie Gustafson
Consulting Producer: Tim Watson
A Cine-Marais and Altaire Productions Release

Aaron Walker

Aaron Walker

Aaron Walker
Tim Watson
Amy Sanderson

George Winston
Wild Tchoupitoulas
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Donald Harrison
Jimmy Scott
Arvo Part
Baby Dodds Trio
Earnest Skipper
Big Chief Monk Boudreax and the Golden Eagles
Big Chief Alfred Doucette
Young Guardians of the Fame

George Ingmire
Michael Klinger

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