Big Chief Darryl Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indians Tribe and the son of famous Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana comes out on St. Joseph’s Day outside Tootie’s former home on N. Villere Street with other members of the tribe in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The tradition of Mardi Gras Indian masking is over a century old. Tootie Montana, who died in 2005, is credited with changing the culture of St. Joseph’s night from a day to settle scores between tribes to a day of pageantry and celebrating the culture.