The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, America’s Foreign Country

Our country’s landscape is rich and mysterious.  It is filled with twisting bayous, rivers and America’s largest river swamp.  We have fields of sugar cane and cotton, ancient live oaks and towering cypress.  Alligators, raccoons, and even bears roam our lands while 270 species of birds take to our skies.  From our waters come catfish, shrimp, oysters and the crawfish that make us so well known.

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Features

RosSpoonbill photo - Credit Jane Patterson

Birding

Our 270 species of birds include herons, egrets, ibises and spoonbills. The MS Flyway brings frequent sightings of eagles and others.

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Credit Louisiana Office of Tourism

Cuisine

Our European, African and Native American influences create a cuisine like no other.

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Credit City of Opelousas

Music

Cajun music is infused with influences from Nova Scotia, Germany and Italy; zydeco music with African and Caribbean influences.

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Use CrawfishTrap photo credit Bill Rodman

Traditions

Coexisting, multiple ethnicities influenced architecture, religious traditions, storytelling, and foodways.

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