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Tribes Revisit Their Roots at La Fete des Indiens Houma

The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) , July 25, 2004


La Fete des Indiens Houma in Raceland drew hundreds of United Houma Nation tribal members from all parts of the nation for a day of sharing stories and traditions.

The daylong event offered storytelling, woodcarving and basket weaving demonstrations, musical performances, educational seminars and inter-tribal dancing.

Gilbert Dardar, a native of Golden Meadow and tribal member of United Houma Nation, moved to California from his Louisiana home when he was only a teenager, more than 25 years ago. Coming back for an event like this, Gilbert Dardar said, not only brings him face-to- face with his roots, but allows him to pass along some of the traditions to his own children:

"This is great. I've missed out on a lot of my heritage being away for all these years. It's nice to be able to show our kids all of the different aspects of the culture."

Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals

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