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’s spring 2020 issue, kicks off a new series 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.
Follow along in the next few months to discover the first community along The Lost Bayou — Grand Bayou.
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The history of Grand Bayou’s settlers — Acadians who were displaced time and again — is pieced together by documents that show the migration of a people looking for their forever home.
Acadian culture has long been influenced by the land where they settled and the lives they built there. For the people of Grand Bayou, whose whole culture centered around the land, the forced removal was and continues to be crushing.
It is the little things that make up a culture. And for Grand Bayou, it is the stories of friendship, family, laughter and the simple everyday activities developed near the bayou side that bring this Acadian culture to life.
While the physical place of Grand Bayou may no longer exist, the people that lived there, the community they built and the stories they told will live on in the present through family connections and memories.