Ms. Herreast Harrison, alongside her family, has dedicated her life to the preservation of Mardi Gras Indian culture. She serves as Program Director of the Guardian Institute, a Ninth Ward New Orleans community organization she established in 1988 to promote education and local cultural traditions. In 2007, at age 69, Herreast launched the Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr. Book Club, a program to ensure children in the New Orleans area would be connected with as many books as possible after their loss in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Related archival collection: Anacostia Community Museum Archives holds a very small archival collection - .02 linear feet - related to Herreast Harrison. Contact the Archivist for more information.
Herreast Harrison Collection. Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Mardi Gras Indians
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum