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Meet the members of the Harrison Family

Among her many honors – including The New Orleans Legends Award and the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities Light Up for Literacy Award, in 2021 Herreast J. Harrison was named Grand Griot in a “racial healing commemoration of the ancestors, known and unknown, from the Transatlantic Slave trade.”

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Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. was a former Big Chief of the Creole Wild West, Cherokee Braves and White Eagles tribes before he organized the Guardians of the Flame in 1988. Mr. Harrison's interest in the Mardi Gras Indian tradition began in 1937, when he was 3, and he started beading suits at 12.  More

A Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of the USA Artist Fellowship, Maroon Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson continues to learn and work with children through her intergenerational community service, performances, art works, audio recordings, theatrical productions and published books. More


Grammy-nominee Big Chief Donald Harrison of the Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans Cultural Group received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in 2021 and was named a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. More

Artist and Master bead worker Michele Harrison continues to use her innovative and distinct sewing techniques to create art that addresses societal ills and gives voice to marginalized and underrepresented groups.


Historian and entrepreneur Cara Harrison Daniels is president of both Stretch Music LLC and OmniAmerican Pictures, Inc. Her current research as a historian excavates and complicates histories of indigenous New Orleanian masking traditions.

With an MFA in screenwriting/directing from University of Southern California, Big Chief Brian Nelson is now an award-winning filmmaker and New Orleans Bounce hiphop artist. More


Formerly known as Christian Scott, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Chief Xian Atunde Adjuah is a two-time Edison award winner and six-time Grammy nominee. More

Kiel Adrian Scott's directing projects have won an NAACP Image Award and the Peabody Award for Entertainment. More

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