Houma Indian Tribe

By: Erin Guidry


Then- Near Angola and West Feliciana Parish

Now- It is now located in Terrebonne Parish and Lafourche, Louisiana


  • Driven to swamp & marsh (learned to hunt, fish, & trap)

  • Adopted crawfish as tribal symbol of kinship & protection

  • Living along the Mississippi allowed their nourishment

  • Tribal members were farmers, fishermen, and trappers

  • Discovered oil in 1930

  • Easy prey for land developers and and oil and gas companies

  • 1940's Houma children attended school

  • Quality education still unavailables though

  • Indian Schools or "Settlement Schools"

  • Schools offered up to 7th grade learning

  • Uncertified teachers

  • Could not graduate until 1960

Crafts & Clothing

  • Wood Carving
  • Men wore breechcloths
  • Women wore wraparound skirts made out of deerskin or woven fiber
  • Shirts weren't necessary
  • In cool weather men and women wore poncho-style capes
  • Wore moccasins for shoes

Lifestyle Changes

  • The Houmas still wood carve today
  • Clothes are more normal then back then
  • Have no ceremonies
  • Education available
  • Certified teachers
  • Can now graduate anytime
  • Have normal human jobs like lawyers, teachers, and accountants
  • Teach about their tribe history to children and others


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