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Helping to sustain the traditional cultures of coastal Louisiana

The Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program is a partner in the Bayou Culture Collaborative initiated by Louisiana Folklore Society. See their website for more information about the collaborative and its other partners. 

The Folklife Program participates by offering strategies to help ensure traditions are passed on to future generations by producing workshops in addition to offering funds to organizations and individuals to sustain the traditional cultures of coastal Louisiana.  Currently we support two types of workshops. 

Sense of Place—and Loss workshops bring together artists, tradition bearers, folklorists, and scientists to explore the connections between art, tradition, and science and to inspire advocacy and creativity in the face of land loss and cultural shifts. We partner with other non-profits and university centers to produce these workshops. 

Passing It On workshops are taught by a tradition bearer to pass on a tradition. We provide funds to an organization or tradition bearer for workshops or mini-apprenticeships.

Contact: Maida Owens, Louisiana Folklife Program, to discuss possibilities.  

How Can You Help? 

The Louisiana Folklore Society offers several opportunities for you to get involved.  Attend the workshops and gatherings and become a member.  Learn more at

Ways to Connect 

                 Sign up to receive announcements from the Louisiana Folklore Society about BCC  and follow them on social media.  

                Sign up for Folklife News emails 

Bayou Traditions

Workshops or mini-apprenticeships can focus on traditional knowledge of the environment and any folk tradition, including music, crafts, dance, occupations, oral traditions, foodways, ritual traditions, and more. Tradition bearers can come from any traditional culturefrom those of Native Americans to those descended from the earliest settlers to the most recent immigrants—in coastal parishes. See examples of traditions here.  

Bayou Culture Collaborative Events

As events are planned, they will be posted below.  Most events are free, but some require registration because space is limited. See prior workshops here.  

Existing Documentation

Find essays on the Folklife in Louisiana website and other sources that address traditions in Louisiana's coastal communities here.

Collaborators and Funders

This project is a collaboration between Louisiana Folklore Society, the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program, the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, Nicholls State University Center for Bayou Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Center for Louisiana Studies, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, and other non-profits.

The collaborative is funded with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

If you would like to know more, contact the Folklife Program director or explore the Folklife in Louisiana website.

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