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June 27, 2007

Remembering The Chief

Remembering The Chief

Two years ago today, New Orleans lost one of its most legendary black Mardi Gras Indians: Big Chief Allison "Tootie" Montana.

His son, Darryl Montana, is now carrying on the tradition - the fifth generation in his family to mask during Mardi Gras.

Darryl's intricately beaded designs are world-renowned, and he is recognized as a master traditional artist.

Darryl talks with Dick Gordon about growing up in a Mardi Gras Indian family, the day his dad finally recognized his work as "pretty," and why Hurricane Katrina didn't ruffle a feather on Tootie's Indian suits.

Dick also talks with documentary filmmaker Lisa Katzman about the lessons she learned from capturing the ups and downs of Darryl and Tootie's relationship.

Love And The Lute

Bobbye Larson joins Dick to tell two love stories - how she fell in love with her husband, and how she fell in love with the lute. One led directly to the other.

Bobbye discovered Renaissance music and the lute in San Francisco in the 1970s. When her lute broke years later, she took it to Dan Larson, a lute-maker, to be repaired. The two have now been married for 25 years.

Music

Basin Street Blues by Sidney Bechet for the album The Best of Sidney Bechet.  When the Saints Go Marching In by Magnificent Seventh's Brass Band for the album Authentic New Orleans Jazz Funeral

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