‘Big Chief Monk’ honored by National Endowment for the Arts
NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -Among the Crescent City’s most flamboyant sights are the Mardi Gras Indians.
Now one of them, Joseph Boudreaux, has been awarded the U.S.’s highest folk art honor. Boudreaux – also known as “Big Chief Monk” – has been named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA prize also comes with a $25,000 grant.
Boudreaux is one of nine recipients of the fellowship this year. He, and his fellow tribesmen in the Golden Eagles, will also perform in a concert Friday, Sept. 30 in Washington. You can stream the concert live at 7 p.m. Central time at www.arts.gov.