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THE 42—TRIBE SERIES: HISTORY OF NEW ORLEANS INDIGENOUS MASKING

Week 35: Big Chief "Keelian Dump Boyd"

TRIBAL TIMELINE:

Young Maasai Hunters
Present- 2018 Big Chief Keelian “Dump” Boyd

“The Hat Man”

In the soon to come but not yet available Black Masking Dictionary, “The Hat Man” – A person that constructs crowns for/with Black Masking Indians, Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs as well as Carnival Krewes.

Big Chief Keelian “Dump” Boyd is the answer to the question, what happens when “Your” chiefs’ favorite hook-up man starts his own Tribe? Well one thing will be for sure, his tribe will be extremely “Pretty”, intricate and something never seen before. I asked Chief who taught him or handed down” The Hat Man” tradition to him? He says it wasn’t one person, it was an accumulation of experiences and art classes and he created something of his own. Chief Dump says, “it’s like a bad Smokey (Robinson) record and I just said let me add some bad guitar licks to it!” Big Chief credits old friend/mentor and colleague instructor and sculptor, Ahk Phan as a person that showed him what was possible with his hands and art. Mamma Furu, Coach and the Louis Armstrong Development Program gave him discipline. From the ages of 8 to 12 he says he learned how to be a young man and how to be humble and to accept things for what they were worth. When Chief got older and he started truly considering art he looked at Monet for his work with flowers and lilies, bayous and pads of natural settings. “Then I started to look into my own people.

THE 42—TRIBE SERIES

For 42 weeks, we will highlight 42 present day Tribal Chiefs. The documentary series will describe the individual Tribal History. We will also have the rare opportunity to photograph and publish each Tribal Chief.

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