Wednesday, August 29

A Difficult Anniversary

Mai Van Nguyen, shrimper, Bayou La Batre, AL
Photo by Ashley Hall
On this day, August 29, the anniversary of Katrina and the day Hurricane Isaac made landfall, we remember. And we celebrate.

We celebrate the people of the Gulf Coast--the shrimpers and the cast net makers, the boat builders and the po-boy bread bakers. And we thank them for sharing their stories.

Step away from The Weather Channel for a while and spend some time with some voices from the Gulf.

Visit our 2006  Gulf Coast Foodways Renaissance interviews, a project that we pursued as an effort to chronicle the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the foodways of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, while concurrently tracking the rebirth of the New Orleans restaurant industry.

Get lost in the layers of stories on our Southern Boudin and Southern Gumbo Trails, two large-scale oral history projects that we created to support culinary tourism in Louisiana after Katrina.

Spend some time on the Apalachicola Bay with oystermen, soft-shell crab cultivators, and more from our 2006 project, Florida's Forgotten Coast, which documents the seafood industry in the Florida panhandle.

Go inside the Vietnamese and Croatian communities of Biloxi, Mississippi, by visiting our 2008 oral history project, Biloxi's Ethnic Shrimping Communities.

Read our special Summer 2010 Gulf Edition of Gravy, our foodletter, for which Ashley Hall reported on the BP Oil Spill from Biloxi, Mississippi, to Apalachicola, Florida, revisiting oral history subjects and documenting the devastation and hardship this manmade disaster left in its wake.

View Joe York's short film, Blessing of the Fleet, which was shot in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, just after the BP Oil Spill.

Learn about the people who call Bayou Lafourche and Grand Isle, Louisiana, home by visiting the oral histories that are part of our Down the Bayou project, which we published earlier this summer. These stories are from Plaquemines Parrish, where Hurricane Isaac passed through just this morning, doing more damage today than the area suffered during Katrina.

Our friends along the Gulf Coast are forever on our minds and in our hearts.