Ivan B. Watkins is an internationally recognized artist, filmmaker, and ethno-historian, born and raised in New Orleans. He is a graduate of NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and University of Chicago (MA-Social Science) and is a PhD Candidate in Ethno-History/Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans. Not only a scholar, but an integral part of the Masking tradition itself WildMan of the renowned Yellow Pocahontas Tribe of New Orleans Black Indians and a Treinel in Capoeira Angola. Ivan's large-scale murals, public lectures, screenings and events programming have sought to inspire, educate and uplift the public from Brazil, to the UK, from West Virginia and California to Chicago and Connecticut, to Durban, South Africa.
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