The Great Sadness: Indigenous Angling and the Loss of Home by Roger Emile Stouff

The Great Sadness: Indigenous Angling and the Loss of Home

byRoger Emile Stouff

Kobo ebook | September 8, 2012

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In 'Native Waters,' Roger Emile Stouff celebrated the world of the Chitimacha, created by Crawfish at the command of the Creator of All Things. But behind the glory and solace of those ancient swamps and the voices of ancestral ghosts there was a growing dread.
'The Great Sadness' takes up after the close of 'Native Waters,' and the world is changing, the face of that expanse of home waters is fading and growing thin. The thin places, he calls them: the margin between this world and the next.
After eight thousand years of intimacy, the native waters of his people are going the way of memory.
And he is not sure if he can continue to be Chitimacha, ‘people of the many waters,’ without them.

This memoir takes place in 2005 and early 2006. The environmental nightmare that is the destruction of the Atchafalaya Basin continues. The title refers to a Native American term for the arrival of the Europeans in 1492 and beyond, which many refer to as "the great sadness." The thin places grow thinner, and author must come to grips with a thing none of his forefathers could have ever imagined: There are endings. There is finality.

About the Author
Roger Emile Stouff is the son of Nicholas Leonard Stouff Jr., last chief of the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, and Lydia Marie Gaudet Stouff, daughter of a Cajun farmer. He has been a journalist for more then thirty years and writer of the award-winning column "From the Other Side" in the St. Mary and Franklin Banner-Tribune. He was featured on the television show "Fly Fishing America" in 2006, and was writer and narrator of the documentary "Native Waters: A Chitimacha Recollection" on Louisiana Public Broadcasting in 2010.

Title:The Great Sadness: Indigenous Angling and the Loss of HomeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 8, 2012Publisher:Shadowfire BooksLanguage:English

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