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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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Contemporary Artists Respond to the Baby Dolls

Contemporary Artists Respond to the Baby Dolls

Artists’ Statements

(p.285) Contemporary Artists Respond to the Baby Dolls
Walking Raddy
Kim Vaz-Deville
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the process of negotiation of cross cultural participation and permission of playing mas within black cultural traditions. Using a personal narrative approach the author reflects on her experiences of playing Mas in Trinidad and Tobago Carnival and her desires to play Mas as a Baby Doll in New Orleans Mardi Gras. The author contends her participation cannot be purchased and seeks new ways to adopt a deeper understanding of the history tradition of the Baby Dolls and honor them in a documentary.

Keywords:   cross cultural, documentary, Trinidad & Tobago, cultural participation, personal narrative

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