The lost bayou: discovering south louisiana’s lost communities

A community is a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. It’s where people grow up, where they learn who they are.

But communities don’t always last. Sometimes they disappear. Sometimes they are ripped away. All across South Louisiana’s bayou region, people have been forced to leave their homes because of natural disasters or other environmental concerns.

To preserve the history, culture and traditions of these lost communities, Garde Voir Ci kicked off a series in spring 2020 capturing the stories of the people that lived in these distinct places in South Louisiana. Places like Grand Bayou, Isle de Jean Charles, Cheniere Caminada, Last Island and the Houma Nation.

Our first stop was Grand Bayou. Now follow along in the next few months to discover the second community along The Lost Bayou — Isle Dernière.

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ISLAND PARADISE

The history of isle dernière — the raw beauty that drew the richest of Louisiana’s people to build a thriving summer resort.

THE GREAT STORM

The pivotal moment in Isle Dernière’s history is the great storm — the catastrophic moment when one island became many and changed forever.

THE LOST ISLAND

While the resort of Isle Dernière is no longer, the remnants of land that still exist are an oasis to the many seabirds and wildlife of coastal Louisiana.