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Walking RaddyThe Baby Dolls of New Orleans$
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Kim Vaz-Deville

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817396

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817396.001.0001

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I Know My Ancestors Are Happy”

I Know My Ancestors Are Happy”

A Conversation with Merline Kimble

(p.3) I Know My Ancestors Are Happy”
Walking Raddy

Megan Holt

University Press of Mississippi

Megan Holt interviews Merline Kimble, founder of the current incarnation of the Gold Digger Baby Dolls. The name of the group pays homage to the original Gold Digger group, founded by Kimble’s grandparents and disbanded during World War II. Kimble discusses her family’s place within the Baby Doll tradition and the resurgence of interest in that tradition in recent years. Kimble acknowledges the link between masking and freedom, stressing that a sense of freedom is particularly important for the women who participate in Baby Doll culture. She notes that baby dolls are not defined by age or gender--men and women, children and elders, all have a place in the masking tradition, a tradition she hopes will live on through the next generation.

Keywords:   Interview, Carnival, Family History, Masking, Tradition

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