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 situated in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. It is the historical homeland and burial ground of the State Recognized Tribe of Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians. Residents of the Island have long been at the front line of climate change, with coastal Louisiana losing a landmass the size of Manhattan every year, no time has been as critical as it is now. Many believe the precedent set in the preservation and relocation of the Tribe will set the stage for many coastal communities to come in the United States.

Coastal restoration measures have fallen short of assisting the Tribe, their Tribal Homeland not included within the Louisiana State Master Plan nor The Morganza to the Gulf 72-mile authorized levee alignment, currently under construction for the Morganza to the Gulf of Mexico Hurricane Protection Project. Today, 25 families remain with many tribal members displaced, the hurricane season of 2015 fast approaching. Traditional Chief Albert P. Naquin of The Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw continues to bring awareness not only for his Tribe but for the many who call coastal Louisiana home.

Director Benh Zeitlin of Beasts of the Southern Wild, 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. Cottage Films has been documenting tribal life on Isle de Jean Charles since January 2010 for a documentary film called, Can't Stop The Water, now on tour. [1]


  1. ^ Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw

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