Old Algiers has been the base of the Mohawk Hunters since the 1930s or ’40s, when Casby’s great-uncle Frank Casby started masking after watching Indians across the river. The Hunters share characteristics with tribes across the river but have evolved on their own, with a unique mix of sewing styles and personnel and probably a higher proportion of schoolteachers — including Casby, his flagboy and two of his sons — than any other tribe. And on Mardi Gras morning, Big Chief Casby had 30 Indians following him, making his the biggest tribe in town by most accounts.
Casby attracts younger followers partly because his tribe sponsors an after-school sewing program at Craige Cultural Center on Newton Street. But the Hunters are also a draw because of Casby’s reputation.