Voodoo priestesses welcomed Edgar Jean-Louis — a Haitian voodoo priest — to a New Orleans backyard on a full moon night. They performed the Brule Zin Fire Ritual as part of the 3rd annual La Source Ancienne Ounfo’s Couche Voodoo initiations, created to celebrate and revitalize the spiritual growth of this city. I was there with two students from the New York Times Student Journalism Institute.
Juanita, a graduate of The University of Georgia School of Journalism, interviewed a few priestesses, including Bloody Mary, a well-known voodoo queen and tour guide. Juana, a junior at The University of Missouri-Columbia school of journalism, picked up the video camera for a very challenging shoot, with dim light, heat and plenty of bugs.