Queen's Ball Attire- Collar

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This hand-made celebration collar was designed and made specifically to duplicate the Queen's Ball Attire collar worn by Herreast Harrison, which was lost in the Katrina Hurricane.
In the 19th century, some Native American groups in New Orleans welcomed, accepted, and sheltered runaway slaves. As a form of respect and homage to the friendship of Native American groups, African-Americans in New Orleans masqueraded as these native people. Ms. Herreast Harrison, who speaks and teaches nationally about Mardis Gras Indian culture, has described how "When they masqueraded in the neighborhoods, they brought beauty, eloquence, power - everything to the people in the neighborhood."
Early costumes were made with turkey feathers, ribbon and sequins, though later examples, like this elaborate costume with headdress and train, is designed with ostrich plumes, velvet and rhinestones.
Anacostia Community Museum
Subject
Herreast Harrison
Cite As
Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Mrs. Herreast Harrison
Medium
cloth, sequins, feathers
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Type
headdress
Accession Number
2006.5002.0001