CULTURE with a conscience!
The Late Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. (1933-1998) is remembered as one of the legends of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian tradition. Well-read in philosophy, history and theology, he loved acquiring knowledge, sports, jazz and the Mardi Gras Indian tradition. He was as comfortable at an Indian practice as he was lecturing at Yale University. He took the Mardi Gras Indian Tradition around the world. It was Harrison’s love for the Mardi Gras Indian tradition, sports, jazz, history but most of all, his love for reading that prompted his wife of 40 years to start the Guardians Institute.
Herreast J. Harrison, MA, decided to open the institute in honor of her late husband and his many passions. Having operated several day care centers in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, Mrs. Harrison is intrinsically aware of the need for additional resources for children. Mrs. Harrison and the Big Chief also raised four children who are highly regarded in their various professions. She and Donald instilled in their children as well as thousands of others, the importance of education, art, music and tradition.