Exhibit Grand Opening on Friday, May 3, Showcases Coushatta Tribal Demonstrations
LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – April 25, 2019
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana presents the Long Swamp Exhibit: Life in the Etowah River Valley at SOWELA Technical Community College with a grand opening ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Arts & Humanities Building at the College. Following the ceremony, Coushatta tribal members will provide demonstrations, including basketry, stickball making, and bead work.
The Long Swamp Exhibit travels to Native American communities throughout the Southeastern United States, including the Coushatta of Louisiana, showcasing artifacts and research from the Mississippian Age site discovered in Northwest Georgia. The site dates back to about 1,000 AD. During that time, the Mississippian Native Americans occupied Long Swamp, leaving behind a housing area, mound, and other cultural important objects of this people group.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be available at SOWELA through December 6, 2019. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Tribal Archivist Marianna Luquette at (337) 584-1585 or Katie Arvie with the Tribal Council Office at (337) 584-1545.
About the Coushatta of Louisiana
The Sovereign Nation of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is a federally recognized Native American Tribe with approximately 900 members. The Coushatta people live primarily in Louisiana, with most living in Allen Parish. The Coushatta people work hard to preserve their Koasati language, their traditional crafts, such as their longleaf pine needle basketry, which is renowned worldwide, and their cultural traditions, including dancing, clothing styles, songs, and food-ways.
About SOWELA Technical Community College
SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles, and Oakdale, LA.