Great Louisiana Quiz – Mardis Gras Tribes

1. Pictured here are a group of kids who are part of the next generation of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians. Indian tribes can be seen several times during the year. Which is not one of those times?
A. Mardi Gras morning
B. The Sunday nearest St. Joseph’s Day
C. Jazz Fest
D. Thanksgiving

2. The mingling of blacks and American Indian culture is believed to trace back to slaves finding refuge from what group?
A. Choctaws
B. Cherokees
C. Sioux
D. Apaches

3. Early Mardi Gras Indians were influenced in their costume design by seeing this show come to town:
A. P.T. Barnum Circus
B. Dan Rice Horse Show
C. Plains Indians Showcase
D. Buffalo Bill Wild West Show

4. This town is the headquarters of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.
A. Port Allen
B. Lacombe
C. Elton
D. Bordelonville

5. Prehistoric American Indian mounds are located near this town.
A. Gonzales
B. Bossier City
C. LeCompte
D. Lake Providence

6. There are four federally recognized tribes in Louisiana. Which one’s reservation is located the furthest north within the state?
A. Chitimacha
B. Coushatta
C. Jena Band of Choctaw
D. Tunica-Biloxi

7. Your friend wants to start his own tribe of Mardi Gras Indians. He has come up with four possible names. You have to tell him that three of those names are already taken. Which one is not?
A. Wild Tchoupitoulas
B. Yellow Pocahontas
C. Wild Magnolia
D. Raging Buffalos

8. Your friend also says that when he starts his tribe, he’ll introduce a new innovation by having a costumed young man go ahead of the tribe to search for other tribes so that the groups can mingle. Here again, he doesn’t know that that position already exists. What is it called?
A. Spy Boy
B. Warrior
C. Shadow Chief
D. Captain

9. American Indian mounds are also located on the grounds of this Baton Rouge area landmark.
A. State Capitol
B. Governor’s Mansion
C. LSU Campus
D. Southern University Campus

10. Choctaws were said to introduce this item, which is now a part of local cuisine.
A. Tabasco
B. Filé
C. Boudin
D. Cracklins

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For our SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER issue, the question was: In what Louisiana towns, and their parish, are there festivals dedicated to the food items: cochon de lait, strawberry, tamale, poke salad, gumbo, andouille, crab, shrimp.

The correct answer was:
Cochon de Lait –  Mansura (Avoyelles); Strawberry – Ponchatoula (Tangipahoa); Tamale – Zwolle (Sabine); Poke Salad – Blanchard (Caddo); Gumbo – Morgan City (St. Martin) or Chackby (Lafourche); Andouille – LaPlace (St. John the Baptist); Crab – Lacombe (St. Tammany); Shrimp – Delcambre (Vermilion/Iberia)

Winners were:
Cheri Holton of Bourg and
Jim & Bootsie McCoy of Shreveport
(Note: One other person qualified for the drawing but did not include his/her name and address.)

1.D  2.A  3.D  4.C  5.D 6.C  7.D  8.A  9.C  10.B

Score 10 points for each correct answer:
0-20 Consult your nearest library.
30-60 Begin by buying a good road map.
70-90 You should run for office.
100 You’re a candidate for a Ph.D. in Louisianaology.

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