- This week in Louisiana history. February 17, 1801. Thomas Jefferson elected 3rd president after tying Aaron Burr and winning the tie-breaking votes in the House of Representatives.
- This week in New Orleans history. The New Orleans 1885 Mardi
Gras [February 17] was extraordinary. On the streets were
large numbers of international visitors connected with the
[World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial] Exposition, several
Central American Indian groups, and some fifty to sixty Plains
Indians from the [Buffalo Bill] Wild West Show, including four
chiefs, all of whom were likely on the street in native dress.
For [locals of African descent, particularly groups who took
to masking as Indians,] Mardi Gras translated nicely into a
freedom celebration, a day to commemorate their own history
and spirit, to be arrogant, to circumvent the hostile
authorities, to overturn the established order, and now and
then to seek revenge." From Mardi Gras Indians (Pelican
Publishing Company, 1994), by 'Michael P. Smith.
- This week in Louisiana.
Prospect 4 Exhibition "The Batture" by Jeff Whetstone
February 17-25, 2018
UNO St. Claude Gallery
2429 St. Claude Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117
The UNO St. Claude Gallery is hosting "The Batture," an exhibit by photographer Jeff Whetstone that explores the economies and ecologies that exist along the banks of the Mississippi River near New Orleans. “The batture is the land the river owns. It is a thin strip of weeds, trees and mud between the edge of the Mississippi River and the tall, hardened levees that contain its floods,” said Whetstone. “The batture is ephemeral. It disappears with the river is high and reemerges when the tide falls, swept and changed. It is a cyclical land, untied to human time and unclaimed; a temporary alluvial wilderness.”
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