Originally posted by radosta
reply to post by CynicalDrivel
A lot of Houma still kind of live off the land, no? At least more so than most other Indian tribes. Of course, they can't depend on the federal
government bc they don't have federal recognition as a tribe. In the long run, probably more a blessing than a curse.
Yes and no. Do they
live off the land more than other groups? Sure, but they live in an area where whites live off the land far more than the rest of the country. I
mean, I've fished for my supper a few times and grown gardens, and even cleaned wild mushrooms to fry. Put it to you this way, when was the last
time you saw an Olive Garden server's facebook page plastered in pictures from his last duck hunt? And the one I'm thinking about is about as Arian
as they come in this area.
And while the Houmas (Houma, depending on who you ask, btw) are not federally recognised, they are recognised by the state.
Wiki on Houmas
Houmas have the following last names, typically:
Billiot, Dardar, Naquin, Verrett, Verdin, Theriot, Gregoire, Solet, Soulet, Picou, Parfait, Dion, Francis, and Fitch. Almost every single name you
can find nearly pureblooded french people under, and I know about half the Dardars I've met are black.
At the same time, the drinking problem that crops up in a lot of other tribes is masked by this area. The culture here is a bunch of heavy drinkers
no matter their race, so even if the Indians were to drink themselves silly every day of the week, they've got white buddies chugging right along
But as to the benefits, it's a mixed bag of nuts. They've got a lot less problems with intergration than other communities, but they don't have as
much of the autonomous rights other tribes have. The culture that has survived is what was more palatable with a larger audience than themselves.
Really, the ones that tend to think of themselves as Indian are the ones who hold onto their differences. Got some friends who look absolutely Houmas
but consider themselves to be full blooded Cajuns. You know there's Indian blood, but you'd have to go back generations to prove it to them, and
they'd likely be upset that you called them anything but white.