Cherice Harrison-Nelson


Cherice Harrison Nelson is steeped in authentic African American Carnival masking tradition, a culture practiced only in New Orleans. She is the third generation in her family to participate, a ritual handed down from her late father, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. She is the co-founder and curator of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame. Her production credits include: a DVD documentary, music CD, three original plays, and the award winning narrative short film, “Keeper of the Flame.”

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Currently, the organization is working to protect the intellectual property rights of its membership through the, “You Get Paid, I Get Paid” campaign. Additionally, the organization has published four books documenting the tradition with first hand accounts by active participants, facilitated panels and curated numerous exhibitions.


Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame


Museum, Humanities, Other NGO or Non-Profit, Research, Expressive Cultural Arts


United States