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Native Waters: A Chitimacha Recollection (2011)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-03-22

Duration: 00:26:28

Subjects: ATCHAFALAYA BASIN | COASTAL EROSION | Stouff, Roger Emile | Native Americans | Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana


  • Stouff, Roger Emile Narrator
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Lee, Dayna Booker Interviewee
  • Walden, Kimberly Interviewee
  • Walden, Khloe Speaker
  • Burgess, Leroy M. Speaker


This documentary from March 22, 2011, features Roger Emile Stouff, a member of the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, recounting the history and traditions of his tribe. It follows Stouff as he fishes in the Atchafalaya Basin, the ancestral home of the Chitimacha. It also touches on: the importance of fishing and the Atchafalaya Basin to the Chitimacha people; their oral tradition; their efforts to preserve their history; the threat of coastal erosion to the Atchafalaya; and the tribe’s efforts to remain connected. This program also includes interviews with Dayna Bowker Lee, a historian and ethnographer, and Kimberly Walden, the cultural director of the Chitimacha tribe.