Delahoussaye presents Atchafalaya Basin archaeological info Oct. 11
The Franklin Library will present Jim Delahoussaye, biologist, zooarchaeologist and Atchafalaya Basin historian, for an informative talk and discussion at 6 p.m. Oct. 11.
He will speak about the new information recently uncovered at an archaeological site currently under study in the Atchafalaya Basin.
Delahoussaye’s current work involves the life and times of the Native Americans who lived in the basin approximately 1,500 years ago. He will speak on his findings regarding the environment’s appearance during that time and also the tools used and the animals harvested by the people who lived in the Lake Fausse Point area.
More than 58 different kinds of animals have been uncovered and identified in the 1,500-year-old remains at the site, according to Delahoussaye. He describes some of his findings as indicative of what the Native Americans were having for supper in the Atchafalaya Basin in the year A.D. 700.
In the past, he has extensively chronicled the people who lived in the houseboat communities of the Atchafalaya River Basin, most notably in his popular blog “Riverlogue.” His collection of field recordings, with subjects varying from traditional cooking and medicine to logging and religious customs from the basin families, now reside with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
This program for adults at the St. Mary Parish Library Alex P. Allain Library in Franklin is free. For information, call 337-828-5364.