Williams Center Podcast #10: "South Louisiana Sampler Pt. 1"
The tenth podcast episode produced by the Williams Center for Oral History is now available. Please join us and our host, Erin Hess, on "What Endures" for "South Louisiana Sampler Pt. 1." http://oralhistory.blogs.lib.lsu.edu/
The men and women in this episode of "What Endures" trace their heritage to Native American, French, or Cajun roots, or a mixture of these. Thanks to interviews from the Houma Indians Collection and the Sue Hebert Collection, we'll get a peek at life throughout the last century in the Atchafalaya Basin area.
From Dr. Daniel D'Oney's "Houma Indians Collection": Roch Naquin will tell us about his heritage, his French speaking mother, and the loss of the French language among his peers; Kirby Verret will discuss the symbolism of crawfish to the Houma tribe, and will talk about his family’s method for hunting geese; Rita and Howard Dion will make your mouth water with a description of the foods they ate as children, and Howard will tell us about the Houma’s struggle for recognition in the state of Louisiana.
From Sue Hebert's Collection about life in Plaquemine, Bayou Sorrel, and Bayou Chene: Samuel McQuiston will tell us about the place he was born, the changes he’s seen during his lifetime of fishing, and about the upkeep of fishing nets; Edward Coussou will explain how he picked and prepared moss for sale, and how moss has gradually become less abundant in the swamp; finally, Nelson McQuiston will explain the process of making a dugout canoe, or pirogue.
For more info on these and more collections, please visit: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/williams/
Stay tuned for our next episode when the director of the Center interviews LSU Professor of Religious Studies Michael Pasquier on his new student-based oral history project about life in Bayou Lafourche, Louisiana.....
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