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The First Louisianians (1996)

Gumbo Island



Genre: Educational

Place Covered: Epps, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, Charenton, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-10-14

Duration: 00:14:21

Subjects: Educational films | History | CULTURE | Native Americans | Labat, Dennis | Poverty Point culture | Poverty Point State Park (La.) | Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana


  • Henderson, Britt Host
  • Labat, Dennis Interviewee
  • LeBlanc, Zack Interviewee


This episode of the series “Gumbo Island” from October 14, 1996, features host Britt Henderson traveling around the state to learn more about Louisiana’s Native American tribes. She first visits the Poverty Point State Historic Site in Epps, Louisiana, where she meets with Dennis Labat, the park manager. He shows her how the people of the Poverty Point culture prepared food, as well as examples of their tools and earthworks. Britt also travels to Charenton, Louisiana, and meets with Zack LeBlanc, a student at the Chitimacha Day School. Zack gives Britt a tour of his tribal school, introduces her to his grandmother, and shows her the costume he wears during tribal dances.