Bette Billiot

Dulac, Louisiana
United Houma Nation

“Outside of family coming together at powwows, it would be getting together with my aunts and cooking and learning their cooking.”

“I am very prideful of who I am and where I come from. I think it was meant for me to be a part of this tribe and family.

“To be brought up to have learned both sides of the tribe, my father was a council member in the 90s and I learned a lot of the behind the scenes and the politics of the tribe at a very young age and I had an aunt that taught me the traditional and dancing and meaning side of the tribe.

“I was very blessed to be able to grow up, you know, with that in me and that played a major part in me when I became an adult and being able to pass that on to my boys.”

“There is no place like home. I’ve been all over the United States and even outside of the United States and there’s nothing like coming home to Louisiana. I don’t know if it’s smelling the muddy water and seeing those oak trees and knowing that you’re home.”