Antoinette rebirthed the Mardi Gras Indians ladies auxillary of the Baby Dolls. She did this in 2004, the last year before the Katrina Failure of the Levees. If she hadn't done that, and with her sense of inclusiveness and love, that's another unique New Orleans tradition that would have been lost forever. But the Baby Dolls live. Even I could have been a Baby Doll, and probably would have been, but was still not feeling myself entitled -- because I still didn't know enough, I hadn't even experienced a Mardi Gras season, I hadn't lived the round of time that is New Orleans, when I was invited.
Antoinette was an Indian in the way that only a great Mardi Gras Indian Lady can be, one who lived her whole life in the heart and soul of the Marti Gras Indians. So many of the white women too, who are my friends in New Orleans, were Baby Dolls. Because of Antoinette. She was an encyclopedia of the Indians, and of New Orleans.She was out there, Thursday night, parading with the Krewe of Muses, I believe.