Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana

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Isle de Jean Charles (known locally in Louisiana French as Isle à Jean Charles) is a narrow ridge of land between Bayou Terrebonne and Bayou Pointe-au-Chien in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. It is home to many members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha tribe as well as a community of the Houma people. The Indian population on Isle de Jean Charles today is approximately 25 families.

The isle has been affected by the induced and the natural subsidence of South Louisiana. Because of this, it is gradually disappearing into Terrebonne Bay. It lies past the 72-mile authorized levee alignment, currently under construction for the Morganza to the Gulf of Mexico Hurricane Protection Project.

Cottage Films has been documenting life on Isle de Jean Charles since January 2010 for a documentary film, Can't Stop The Water. Another documentary film project focused on the island is called "Last Stand on the Island".

Director Benh Zeitlin has said in interviews that Isle de Jean Charles was the geographic inspiration for the setting of "The Bathtub", the fictional island depicted in Beasts of the Southern Wild.


Coordinates: 29°23′16″N 90°28′59″W / 29.387709°N 90.483055°W / 29.387709; -90.483055