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Merline Courteaux (2004)

Gumb-Oh! La! La!



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Tele-Vision 84, Inc.

Date Issued: 2004-02-15

Duration: 00:27:11

Subjects: Herbal medicine | French language | Native Americans | Council for the Development of French in Louisiana


  • Therio, Marie-Jo Host
  • Valcour, Dominique M. Producer
  • Courteaux, Merline "Skywalker" Interviewee
  • Courteaux, Mac Speaker
  • Courteaux, Pat Speaker


This episode of “Gumbo! La! La!” from February 15, 2004, raises awareness on the Houma Indian Tribe located in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Host Marie-Jo Therio speaks with Merline Courteaux, the granddaughter of the last Houma Indian tribal chief, Rosaline Courteaux. She talks about her experience as a Native American in South Louisiana, the importance of the French language to Houma Indian culture, her experience as a French speaker in English speaking schools, and her grandmother's use of herbal medicines. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship.