Despite decades of discussion about the problem in Louisiana, coastal land loss can be an abstract idea for people who don’t live in those areas.
I saw this headline while I was home a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t agree more with this quote. This is why the work that my Dad does in coastal wetland restoration and the oral history project my friend Darcy is running on coastal towns are so important. Coast-line loss is is the perfect example of how environment and culture affect each other, and why it’s so important to keep them both intact.
4. Baton Rouge, La.
> Women’s pay as pct. of men’s: 69.3%
> Median income for men: $51,037
> Median income for women: $35,362
The median income for a woman working full time in Baton Rouge was nearly $16,000 less than the median income for a man. About 7.6% of the population works in the construction and extraction industry, the second-highest percentage of all metro areas measured. Many of these people are employed in chemical extraction. Chemical companies have a significant presence in Baton Rouge, with companies such as Dow Chemical, BASF and ExxonMobil’s chemical unit among the largest employers in the region. In the construction and extraction industry, women earned just 52.4% of what men earned in 2011. Other fields where the pay gap between men and women in Baton Rouge was large include production, where the median income of women in 2011 was just 40.6% of the median income of men, and transportation, where women’s earnings were just 42.8% that of men’s.
Read the list @ 24/7 Wall St
Nancy Rabalais, 2012 MacArthur Fellow
I saw Beasts of the Southern Wild last weekend with the parentals and it was so good! Everything was so romantic (in the philosophical sense) and beautiful, and seemed to be grounded in a deep appreciation of the Louisiana coast that just made my heart ache.
Go see it.
“What is being lost on the coast of Louisiana is more than a neighborhood, or a storm buffer. It’s a piece of our collective memory and a unique piece of heritage that defines us as a nation.”
Kael Alford is the recipient of the 2012 Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) Grant. The MPS Fund awards $5000 annually to a Gulf Coast photographer working on a long-term cultural documentary project.
Kael was awarded for her work “Bottom of da Boot: Losing the Coast of Louisiana.” In this body of work Kael documents the Native American communities of Pointe-aux-Chenes and Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana. Alford’s portraits, tableaux and landscapes describe her maternal grandmother’s birthplace. While the project began out of personal curiosity, Alford’s work has developed into a multi-year documentary chronicling the rapid coastal land-loss that threatens the cultures and environment across southeast Louisiana.
Acadiana, Louisiana (by SaveurMagazine)
Louisiana Purchase Treaty
In this transaction with France, signed on April 30, 1803, the United States purchased 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River for $15 million. For roughly 4 cents an acre, the United States doubled its size, expanding the nation westward.
happy 200 statehood louisiana!
Look at this beautiful document. It looks pretty good to be 208 years old, right? That’s because the paper is high quality, probably hand-made paper. It is most likely made out of rags rather than wood pulp. The papermaker would have pounded the rags rather than chopping them to bits as a machine would do. This creates long fibers of high quality cellulose (what we call “alpha cellulose”). These long, high quality paper fibers are less susceptible to deterioration over time. That is why a document from the 18th century might look better than one from the Civil War.
On December 20, 1803, William C.C. Claiborne, Governor of the Mississippi Territory and one of the commissioners appointed to take possession of Louisiana from France, participated in the ceremonial exchange of the territory from Spain to France to the United States. Claiborne issued this proclamation in three languages (English, French, and Spanish) to inform the residents of the territory that they would soon become citizens of the United States, and that in the mean time they could enjoy the freedoms and liberty under the protection of the U.S. Constitution.
Proclamation of William C.C. Claiborne, 12/20/1803, HR 8A-D1, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (ARC 593571)
Today’s Featured Archive Spotlight: After the Storm, from Sept. 7, 2005.
American Routes host Nick Spitzer takes you in story and song to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Nick blends music and commentary that describes the place of storms and floods in the history and culture of the city and region. Featured are classic blues about broken levees and broken hearts, celebratory jazz funerals and memories of the city in song. Artists include Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino and Randy Newman among others. Also tales of hurricanes past in Cajun music and a visit with the leader of a Cajun rescue flotilla, Lafayette, LA public radio station manager Dave Spizale.
I can’t believe it’s been 6 years already.
Dancers, Hamilton’s Place, Lafayette, 1991.
From Cajun Music and Zydeco, photographs by Philip Gould.
Photographer: Daymon Gardner
the pictures i almost cheated on my 365 with
The People at Chelsea’s Cafe last night. http://thomasjohnsonmusic.com/fr_home.cfm for the band, also Myles Week’s site at yeahmyles.com