Fire in the Hole: Honoring Big Queen Kim Boutte with the Spirit of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors
The Presbytere
Greater New Orleans
New Orleans
Event Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021

Join us for a night of stories and music with the Spirit of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors, hosted by the Louisiana State Museum, Neighborhood Story Project, and Friends of the Cabildo. During this program dedicated to Big Queen Kim Boutte, who was killed in August 2020, the tribe will share her life, history, and legacy, as well as discuss the importance of connecting to the power of the ancestors through masking and share insights from their book Fire in the Hole: The Spirit Work of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors. This program is hosted in connection with the current exhibition Mystery in Motion: African American Masking and Spirituality in Mardi Gras, now on display at the Presbytère.

This program will meet over Zoom at 6 PM CDT. It is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Please register here: https://forms.gle/Y8SkAM4vjrqBpeYH9.

Panelists
Big Chief Victor Harris, The Spirit of Fi Yi Yi
Master Designer, Jack Robertson
Master Drummer, Wesley Phillips
Big Queen, Resa "Cinnamon Black" Bazile
Medicine Queen, Nana Sula Spirit
Facilitated by Rachel Breunlin, Director of the Neighborhood Story Project, Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of New Orleans

Multi-media by Christine Bro.

Images: (left) Kim “Queen Cutie” Boutte, Big Queen of the Spirit of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors, photo by Vincent Simmons, featured in Mystery in Motion: African American Masking and Spirituality in Mardi Gras; (right) Victor Harris, Big Chief of the Spirit of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors, photo by Jeffrey David Ehrenreich from the Neighborhood Story Project's Fire in the Hole: The Spirit Work of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors, by the Committee Members of Fi Yi Yi (University of New Orleans Press, 2018).