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Public Lecture - "Can't Stop the Water: Isle De Jean Charles & Native Americans"

February 11, 2019
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
8th Floor, Mary and John Gray Library

image of Isle De Jean Charles - aerial shot of section of flooded land with road and houses

Join us as we focus on the environment. Rebecca Ferris & Chief Albert Naquin will present Can't Stop the Water: Isle De Jean Charles & Native Americans, a discussion of a community fighting to save its culture as its land washes away.

For 170 years, a Native American Cajun community has occupied Isle De Jean Charles. Now the land that has sustained them for generations is vanishing before their eyes. A host of environmental problems – coastal erosion, lack of soil renewal, oil company and government canals, and sea level rise from global warming – are overwhelming the island. Over the last century, Isle de Jean Charles has been gradually shrinking, and it is now almost gone.

Award-winning filmmakers Rebecca Marshall Ferris, Jason Ferris, and Kathleen Ledet began documenting life on Isle de Jean Charles in January 2010, and spent three years immersed in the lives and daily dramas that call this place home. The result is an intimate portrait of a community persevering in the face of an uncertain future.

Reception to follow.

Sponsored by the Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast.

Dr. Mary Scheer
Center for History and Culture Events

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