Kindergarteners at Pisgah Elementary learned about Mardi Gras from some special visitors. LEAF artist Chief Shaka Zulu and his wife, Naimah, demonstrated traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians. LEAF is an organization that works to connect cultures, and the community together. Chief Shaka Zulu is a master of the African form of stilt dancing, and ancient mystical masquerades.
“Chief Shaka Zulu mesmerized the students with a variety of teaching styles,” said kindergarten teacher Beth Myers. “He performed dances, music, and taught us about the history deep within the New Orleans culture.”
Students participated in the performance and lesson. They had the opportunity to try traditional instruments, chants, and learn new dances.
“Chief Shaka Zulu surprised us all when he performed a West African stilt dance in full costume,” Ms. Myers explained. “Students enjoyed the visit so much that by the end of day they did not want to leave.”
Nine students and their families attended the LEAF retreat in May. Those students performed on stage with Chief Shaka Zulu.