June 28th, 2005

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The Chief of Chiefs

The Mardi Gras Indians are a New Orleans tradition and an honored and mystical part of the culture here in my hometown.

"Last night, Allison "Tootie" Montana, one of the most revered Big Chiefs to emerge from the century-old street culture of Mardi Gras Indians, suffered a fatal heart attack while speaking at a special New Orleans City Council meeting to discuss the St. Joseph's night confrontation between Indians and police.

Montana, 82, was at the podium, surrounded by more than a dozen other chiefs when he fell silent, then slumped to the floor. As murmurs and prayers began rising from through the standing-room-only crowd, a police captain and bystander worked furiously to revive Montana. He died a short time later at Charity Hospital."

The Chief of Chiefs is dead.

docbrite also posts about this sad dayfor New Orleans.