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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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“True Doll Stories”

“True Doll Stories”

A Conversation with Cinnamon Black

(p.7) “True Doll Stories”
Walking Raddy

Kim Vaz-Deville

University Press of Mississippi

Resa Bazile is an important voice in the current Baby Doll tradition. Cinnamon Black is an entertainer, a queen in the Fi Yi Yi Mandigo Warriors Mardi Gras Indian tribe, a Voodoo practitioner and reader at the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum in New Orleans, and a cultural consultant for documentaries, film industry projects, and media outlets. With her finger on the pulse of New Orleans’ past and present spiritual and cultural heritage, this interview with Resa, who is best known as “Cinnamon Black,” delves into the meaning of the Baby Doll tradition, her group, the Treme Million Dollar Baby Dolls, about the modern revival of the tradition, about the impact of white women maskers on the tradition, and what she sees as the future of the practice.

Keywords:   Fi Yi Yi Mandigo Warriors, Voodoo, Museum, Spirit, TremeMillion Dollar Baby Dolls

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