New Orleans

Voodoo Child

Voodoo paraphernalia

Meet Robi.  He looks like a normal 25-year-old with a creative presentation and a healthy dose of self-confidence. Long dreds, faded jeans, a self-deprecating sense of humor with a second sense about how to tell a good story. It would probably take you a long time to guess that Robi is a Haitian High Priest in the voodoo tradition.   Continue reading

New Orleans Noir — Indians, Social Clubs and Second Lines

During my short stay in New Orleans, I visited the Blandin Backstreet Museum, which has long been one of my favorite museums anywhere.  The Blandin Backstreet Museum tells fascinating stories of Louisiana history that might have been lost forever if it weren’t for one dedicated person:  Sylvester Francis.   Continue reading

Louisiana: Crazy as a Swamp Cat

Voo doo dolls in New Orleans conjure house.

Just before my plane landed in New Orleans yesterday, a recording came on over the PA system.  “You will be provided arrival cards that you must complete before entering the country. ”  Hello? Our flight originated in Dallas.  Texas. The recording was a mistake but it was a relevant one.  Louisiana is not like America, more like its own country. Continue reading