Passing It On workshops are one of the types of workshops supported by the Bayou Culture Collaborative.  They are taught by a tradition bearer who would like to pass on their tradition through a workshop that provides deep learning. Priority is for tradition bearers and traditions in parishes endangered by environmental changes or who practice a highly endangered tradition. We provide funds to an organization or the tradition bearer for workshops or mini-apprenticeships. Expenses generally cover the teacher honorarium and supplies. Contact: Maida Owens, Louisiana Folklife Program, to explore possibilities for this year or future years. 

2023-2024 Passing It On Workshops

Below are the workshops scheduled through June 30, 2024.  All funds have been allocated for this fiscal year. 



DATE:  June 29, 2024  

PLACE:   Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA  70806.   

TIME:   9:30 – NOON 

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn how stories told about the building of mounds (the locations and layout) and the mound complexes are relevant to tribal people today.   

COLLABORATORS:  Louisiana Indian Education Association


REGISTRATION:  Open to the public. To register, email


DATE:  Friday June 7, 2024 

LOCATION: Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802. 

TIME:  9:30AM-3:00PM 

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn about traditional Louisiana folktales with animal characters, such as Bouki and Lapin, in a Louisiana setting. They will then create their own children’s tale in Kouri-Vini, the endangered Creole language of Louisiana, using the aforementioned story elements. To individualize learning and to help formulate their tales, words and sentences will be provided according to participants’ abilities. 

COLLABORATORS:  Capitol Park Museum and Chinbo, Inc. This workshop will be held in conjunction with Immèrzyon kouri-vini: aprenn avèk mitoloji (Kouri-Vini Immersion: Learn with Mythologies) led by Clif St. Laurent.

FACILITATORS: Adrien Guillory-Chatman and Jonathan J. Mayers 

REGISTRATION:  Registration is closed, but the public is welcome to observe the presentations by the immersion and workshop students from 1-3 pm.  This workshop will be in a one-part series for ages 10+. Knowledge of the Kouri-Vini language is encouraged; there will be a translator on hand. Registrants must be available to attend the whole workshop. Because of limited space, 20 spots are available. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by adults. Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens on March 21 at 10 am. To register, please go to



DATE:  June 1, 2024  

PLACE:  The Healing House, 141 Pine Street, Bourg, LA 70343  

TIME:  10 am – 3 pm  

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn about the harvesting and preparation of the palmetto to be able to weave. They will make a basic half-hitched palmetto basket. 

COLLABORATORS:  Louisiana Indian Education Association

FACILITATOR: Janie Luster, Ann Luster Robichaux

REGISTRATION:  Open to the public. The class is limited to 12 people.  To register, email Janie Luster,


DATE:  Saturday, June 1, 202

PLACE:  St. Landry Parish Tourist Center, 978 Kennerson Rd I-49 Exit 23, 978 I-49 S. Service Rd Opelousas, La 7057

TIME:  1 pm - 3 pm

DESCRIPTION: Juré is a style of a capella call-and-response song with rhythmic hand claps and has been credited (along with La-la music) as being a forerunner to zydeco. Participants will learn the history and jure’ tunes.

FACILITATOR: Virginia Broussard- Bellard, Sandra Broussard-Davis, Tavian Broussard-Serialle, Millie LaChapelle Broussard

REGISTRATION:  Children and adults are welcome. To register contact Millie Broussard, 337-308-0688.



DATE:  Saturday, May 25

PLACE:  The Healing House, 141 Pine Street, Bourg, LA 70343  

TIME:  10 am – 3 pm  

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn how to gather and prepare Cypress wood. They will make a simple Cypress basket.

COLLABORATORS:  Louisiana Indian Education Association

FACILITATOR: Douglas Fazzio

REGISTRATION:  Open to the public. The class is limited to 12 people.  To register, email Janie Luster,



DATE:  Saturday, May 25

PLACE:   Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA  70806.   

TIME:   9:30 – NOON  

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn how to create pigments and dyes from native plants. 

COLLABORATORS:  Louisiana Indian Education Association


REGISTRATION:  Open to the public. To register, email


DATE:  Fridays in April and May 2024

PLACE:  At his workshop.

TIME:  4-8 pm

DESCRIPTION: Four workshop participants will learn to select colors, create designs, sew, chant, and learn about the history and music, and include an actual Indian practice. 

FACILITATOR: Darryl Montana 



DATE:  Saturday, May 4, 202

PLACE:  Tribal House, 400 Lee Avenue, Lafayette, LA  70501

TIME:  9 am - 4 pm

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn the coil pottery method using low-fire clay.

COLLABORATORS:  Coco Tribe of Canneci Tinne’ 

 FACILITATOR: Nant’a Cougar Goodbear 

 REGISTRATION:  Open to citizens and honorary members of the Coco Tribe of Canneci Tinne’.  


DATE: Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12, 202

PLACE: West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Avenue, Port Allen, LA  70767

TIME:  10 am – 3 pm

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn the art of making split white oak baskets from gathering materials in the woods to constructing a basket from start to finish in a weeklong series. The workshop series starts with taking a nature walk at Port Hudson State Historic Site led by a naturalist from the Louisiana State Arboretum to identify trees, then preparing materials harvested from split oak and constructing baskets from start to finish. Participants will learn to locate and throw down (take down) trees, busting (splitting) the tree in the woods, preparing both weaving strips (thinner split white oak materials) and posts (thicker split white oak material) and ultimately fashioning handmade baskets from the collected materials in a workshop space at the West Baton Rouge Museum

COLLABORATOR: West Baton Rouge Museum, Louisiana Office of State Parks, Port Hudson State Historic Site

FACILITATOR: Geraldine Robertson

REGISTRATION:  Open to the public and free of charge, however space is limited and advanced registration is required by calling 225-366-2422.  Participants must commit to the five-day learning experience. Visit or www.facebook/TheWBRM


3-D Carving 

DATE:  March 2024 

PLACE:  Livonia 

DESCRIPTION: Henry Watson will teach 3-D woodcarving to two apprentices in his studio. Each person will have a one-on-one full-day class and then the apprentices will work on their own for one month. Then the three will come together for another workshop day.  The participants will learn the methods of 3-D woodcarving, the use of the tools, the type of wood and where to get it. 



Caning Chairs

DATE:  Saturdays March 2, 9, 16, 2024

PLACE:  Longfellow Evangeline State Park, 1200 N Main St, St Martinville, LA 70582

TIME:  1-4 pm

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn the basics of caning.  They learn the types of straw used in caning for various types of chairs and the 7-step pattern for caning. Individuals may bring their own piece of furniture or practice on one of my personal chairs. I will supply the straw needed for the caning. Hopefully; individuals will attend all three (3) sessions. Some individuals may already have some experience with caning and may only need refresher points. I will be able to assist those individuals at whatever level they are. Each session will last approximately three (3) hours.

COLLABORATOR:  Longfellow Evangeline State Park

FACILITATOR: Diana Donnell Mason

REGISTRATION:  Open to the public. Limited to 50 participants.  To register, email Christi Disher at Longfellow Evangeline State Park, or call (337) 394-3754.

The Traditional Art of Waxed Flowers

DATE:  Thursday, February 1, 2024 

PLACE: Tourism Travel Center, 114 Tourist Drive, Gray, LA 70359

TIME:  9 am - 12 pm

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn to create a waxed flower bouquet by cutting a pattern, assembling the flower parts and dipping the flower in wax. 

COLLABORATOR:  Finding Our Roots African American Museum


REGISTRATION:  Open to the public. Limited to 50 participants.  To register, email Sabina Miller, or call 504-444-1814.

Past Passing It On Workshops

Since 2019, 46 Passing It On workshops have been supported with over $85,000 in funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. 

Below is a sampling of those workshops. Learn more about the tradition bearers, traditions, and their community connections in the Passing it on Workshops Database.

Tradition Bearers’ Completed Workshops

  • Vermilion Parish Cajun Songs and Dance Traditions, Abbeville
  • French Idioms and Expressions, Thibodaux
  • Mardi Gras costume designing, Krewe of Tradition, Houma
  • Cajun music, Cajun Music Preservation Society, Thibodaux
  • Houma Indian gumbo making, Chauvin
  • Wood carving, Terrebonne Folklife Center, Houma
  • Houma Indian Palmetto weaving, Janie Luster, Theriot
  • Traditional plant storytelling, Pointe-au-Chien
  • Pointe-au-Chien traditions, Pointe-au-Chien
  • Houma half-hitch palmetto weaving and Spanish moss doll making, Janie Luster and Ann Luster Robichaux, Theriot
  • Brown cotton weaving, Elaine Bourque, Lafayette
  • Sewing regalia, Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, Chauvin
  • Indian foodways, Atakapa-Ishak Chawasha, Grand Bayou Indian Village 
  • Cypress paddle making, Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building, Lockport
  • Cloth doll making, Jessica Brown, Houma
  • Cypress dugout pirogue restoration, Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building, Lockport
  • Medicinal herbs and the traiteuse tradition, Marlène Toups, Thibodaux
  • Traditions and storytelling, United Houma Nation, Golden Meadow 
  • Adding Curved Roofs to Buildings, Quang Huynh, Independence
  • Grayhawk's Shaving Horse Program, Grayhawk Perkins
  • Grayhawk's Storytelling Program, Grayhawk Perkins
  • French Storytelling Program, Richard Landry
  • French Singing, St. Martinville 
  • Bousillage, Dale Pierrottie
  • Adding Curved Roofs to Vietnamese Buildings, New Orleans/Independence  
  • Waxed Paper Flowers, Thibodaux
  • Creole Storytelling, New Roads
  • Caning, St Martinville 
  • Crochet, Arnaudville
  • Aztec dance, New Orleans
  • Split oak basketmaking, Port Allen
  • drum making, Houma

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