On a recent trip to north Louisiana to photograph the early stages of the flooding in Tensas Parish, I ran into a writer for the Indian Country Today Media Network. He was in the state for my cousin’s wedding in New Orleans but was spending a few days on Lake Bruin prior to the festivities. He happened to have locked himself out of our house up there so I drove up to let him in. I was planning on heading that way anyway to photograph the high water but it led to a fortuitous little side trip to one of the many mound complexes in the area. He ended up writing a piece on the visit and it recently went up on their website. Below is a quote from the article and a link to the full text. I was happy and honored to be able to supply photos of one of my favorite places in the world, Tensas Parish.
“For all the press that Cahokia gets, the state with the most varied, plentiful, and ancient Native American earthen mounds in North America is Louisiana. Thanks to the Louisiana Ancient Mound Heritage Area and Trails iniative, created through the state’s Division of Archaeology and Office of Cultural Development, these incredible examples of ancient earthen architecture have been knitted together into four user-friendly, self-guided tours. The Louisiana Ancient Mounds Driving Trail, which includes earthen structures that are older then both Stonehenge and the Mayan Pyramids, is a great way to explore the beautiful, and beguiling, northeast Louisiana region and it’s rich Indian heritage.”
Read the full article at Indian Country.