The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, who honor a cultural tradi- tion that arose during the time of slavery, have been masking as Plains Indians for over a century. Each year, tribe members spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars hand-crafting beautiful “suits” that are em- bellished with colorful beads, sequins, and feathers. These suits, which are considered to be some of the finest examples of African American folk art in North America, are then debuted at annual Mardi Gras street proces- sions and festivities. Because the suits are so stunning, it has become com- mon practice for photographers to photograph the suits and then use these images in commercial projects such as prints, books, calendars, and tour- ism ads. The creators of the suits generally have not authorized these commercial uses, nor are they compensated for them.