Sacred White Buffalo Suit, 2019
Canvas, glass beads, rhinestones, lace, satin, ostrich feathers, rooster marabou feathers.
100 x 60 x 28 in
Price on Request
Howard Miller first experienced Mardi Gras Indians at the age of 10 when his family moved to the Uptown Central City neighborhood. At the time Mardi Gras Indian culture had a violent reputation. Although his parents did not approve, Miller joined the culture at age 13 as a Chief’s Scout. Miller has masked with other Mardi Gras Indian tribes and in 1979 he settled as Spy Boy with the Creole Wild West. Miller now serves as Big Chief of the Creole Wild West and has masked Indian for 52 years. On Carnival Day the Big Chief ventures into his neighborhood to engage with other Big Chiefs in mock battle or to give and receive tribute. Throughout the year he serves as leader and mentor of his tribe and teaches traditions of the culture which include music, dance, chanting, as well as the skills of beadwork and Suit construction. The Creole Wild West is the oldest Mardi Gras Indian tribe, its charter was established in 1835. Chief Howard Miller also serves as President of the Mardi Gras Indian Council. Details of the Suit: The shirt depicts a White Buffalo, an American bison possessing white fur, which is considered spiritually significant in several Native American religions. The apron depicts a sacred Peace Pipe ritual with the Big Chief leading his tribe in pursuit of spiritual growth.