“An engaging and informative book. It is a charming narrative, as accessible to twelve-year-olds as to us ancients. For one realizes soon enough that the authors know exactly what they are doing: telling the truth about the archeology and the traditions of Louisiana Indians.”
Louisiana Indian Tales vividly recreates the struggles and triumphs of the state’s first inhabitants. Dating back to 10,000 b.c. when the Paleo-Indians occupied the area and huge woolly mammoths and mastodons roamed the land, these poignant stories are based on archaeological evidence and historical knowledge traced through modern-day findings.
As archaeologist Dr. Ben Dominique and his young friends Richard and Rob soon discover while on an expedition in the first story, Louisiana is a state rich in Indian culture. Together the trio unearth the proud, industrious, and resourceful life-styles of the many cultures that contributed to this state’s fascinating history. The tales in this collection for young readers focus on many tribes from around the state—the Tchefuncte, Choctaw, Chitimacha, Caddo, Houma, and Bayougoula.
About the Authors
Alice Wilbert Couvillon and Elizabeth Butler Moore are both native Louisianians and residents of Covington. Both are also the authors of Mimi’s First Mardi Gras and Mimi and Jean-Paul’s Cajun Mardi Gras and are graduates of Newcomb College in New Orleans.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator Marilyn Carter Rougelot, who also provided the illustrations for Mimi’s First Mardi Gras and Mimi and Jean-Paul’s Cajun Mardi Gras as well as Portraits of Extraordinary Women, is a native New Orleanian. She began her art training in the city’s Vieux Carré and is an accomplished painter specializing in portraiture.
LOUISIANA INDIAN TALES
By Elizabeth Butler Moore and Alice Wilbert Couvillon
Illustrated by Marilyn Carter Rougelot
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
80 pp. 6 x 9