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Workshops on documenting traditions in Lafourche, Terrebonne

Workshops on documenting traditions in Lafourche, Terrebonne


GRAY, La. (AP) — The state is presenting a series of four workshops on documenting local traditions for people in a southeast Louisiana area hit hard by coastal erosion.

"The goal is to help sustain the vital traditional knowledge of coastal communities affected by land loss," Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said in a news release Wednesday.

The area's land loss may be most dramatically shown on Isle de Jean Charles, home of a small band of Indians who are being relocated with a $48 million federal grant.

The workshops on documenting cultural traditions begin the week after the Louisiana Folklore Society meets in Houma. The folklore society's morning sessions March 23 will look at traditional cultures throughout Louisiana, with afternoon topics about efforts to support traditional cultures in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.

The Bayou Culture Collaborative workshops are scheduled every other Saturday at the Terrebonne Parish Library's North Branch in Gray, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dates are March 30, April 13 and 27, and May 11.

The first session is about exploring local folklife and choosing what to document. The second's about techniques for documenting local stories and knowledge. The third topic is documentary photography and videography, and the final one is about presenting, archiving, and funding.

People who complete the series can get further mentoring on their projects.

"This workshop series is only part of what the collaboration is offering," said Maida Owens, director of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program. "Events include an artist sense of place workshop, collecting stories workshops in Lafourche Parish, gumbo making at the Chauvin Folk Art Festival, carving classes, Mardi Gras costume making, and more."