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Herreast Harrison
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Queen Mother Supreme Herreast J. Harrison of the Mardi Gras Indian Tribe Guardians of the Flame is an accomplished artist, the co-founder of the Guardians Institute and director of the Donald Harrison, Sr. Museum. She is a fifth-generation quilter known for incorporating intricate beaded motifs and symbols into her works. Harrison has presented quilting workshops to elementary, high school, and college students throughout the United States and internationally, to share her understanding of the origins and traditions of African-American cultural art forms. After Hurricane Katrina, she served as artist-in-residence at McMain Secondary School and Joseph Maggiore Elementary School. An advocate of literacy and of indigenous cultural traditions, she served as a 2009 visiting artist and scholar at the Tulane University’s Newcomb College. Her works are held in multiple collections including the National Civil Rights Museum and the Preambe Center for Public Policy as well as the private collection of Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka. She holds a masters in museum studies from Southern University at New Orleans. Her daughter, Cherice Harrison-Nelson, is the Maroon Queen “Reesie” of the Mardi Gras Indian Tribe Guardians of the Flame.

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