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Indigenous Spaces, French Expectations: Exploring Exchanges Between Native and Non-Native Peoples in Louisiana

Indigenous Symposium


The first annual NOCGS Indigenous Symposium took place on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 and brought together tribal leaders from Louisiana's French-speaking Native tribes, scholars from Tulane and other research universities, a delegation of social scientists from the Academie des Sciences Outre-Mer in France, and Gulf South artists to acknowledge the Tricentennial of the colonial founding of New Orleans. Over the course of the day, and through both storytelling and the disciplines of geography, archeology, history, musicology, foodways, anthropology, and environmental science, presenters reflected on early Colonial-Native encounters, as well as an urgent contemporary question related to community and planetary health: How is colonization not just a historical phenomenon, but a process that is still being done and undone?

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Save the date! The 2nd Annual NOCGS Indigenous Symposium will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


2018 NOCGS Indigenous Symposium

Opening Remarks
Rebecca Snedeker, Co-Chair, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Tulane University
Pierre Geny, Académie des Sciences d’Outre Mer
Denis Vialou, Académie des Sciences d’Outre Mer

Landscape: Delta Geography: Resources and Opportunities in a Dynamic Environment, 7200 to 300 Years Before Present
Richard Campanella, Tulane University

Archaeology: Stories of What Lies Beneath the Land and the Sea, Collaboration between Tribes and Archaeologists
Moderator: Laura D. Kelley, Co-Chair, Tulane University

Panel: John Barbry, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Chris Rodning, Tulane University Dave Watt, Tulane University


History: French Dreams and Indigenous Designs: How Native People Shaped the Development of Early Louisiana
Elizabeth Ellis, New York University, Citizen of Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma

Soundscape: Indigenous Contributions to the Musical Heritage of Louisiana
Indigenous Musical Traditions and Cultural Interactions in Colonial Louisiana
Shane Lief, Tulane University
Bulbancha Is Still a Place: Decolonizing the Narrative of New Orleans
Jeffery U. Darensbourg, Tribal Councilperson & Head of the Alligator Band, Atakapa- Ishak Nation

Foodways: Seeds and Sovereignty
Monique Verdin, United Houma Nation, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Visiting Artist

Afternoon Opening Remarks
Laura D. Kelley, Co-Chair, Tulane University

Academy Remarks: L’Imaginaire Français et les Amerindiens de Louisiane
Senator Jacques Legendre, Académie des Sciences d’Outre Mer

Contemporary Issues: High Water/High Stakes: Cultural Heritage and Legal Hurdles
Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe Presentation in French and English

Roundtable: Long Memories of Living People: Cultural Heritage and Place
Moderator: Nathalie Dajko, Tulane University
Translator: Nathalie Clarke, Tulane University
Theresa Dardar, Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe
Chief Albert Naquin, Isle de Jean Charles Band, Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe
Donna Pierite, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
Principal Chief Thomas Dardar, Jr., United Houma Nation
Jeffery U. Darensbourg, Alligator Band, Atakapa-Ishak Nation

Ongoing Projects: Research and Engagement Opportunities
Looking Forward to Preserve the Past and to Nourish the Present
Laura D. Kelley, Tulane University
Matthew Bethel, Sea Grant, Louisiana State University
Dorothy Cheruiyot & Emily Farrer, Tulane University
Sunshine Best, Tulane University
Elisabeth Mora & Andrew Abdalian, Tunica Biloxi Language Program
Amy Lesen & Chief Albert Naquin, Tulane University & Isle de Jean Charles Band

Closing Remarks Afternoon Session
Rebecca Snedeker, Co-Chair, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Tulane University