Short of the Week: The River Bottom

By Brooke Bailey

This week’s short film focuses on the Choctaw-Apache tribe which is currently seeking recognition from the federal government. Located in Ebarb, Louisiana, the tribe has been living off the land in the area for centuries. In the 1960s, members of the tribe were forced to sell their ancestral land to the government in order to create a water reservoir for the state. 

With Independence Day just a few days away, it’s important to remind ourselves of the communities, like the Choctaw-Apache, who haven’t necessarily benefited from colonialism and American expansion. Many in the tribe fear their traditions will be lost to history, but a recent interest in learning and preserving those traditions is creating hope in the community.

The Southern Foodways Alliance documented some of the concerns and issues currently facing the Choctaw-Apache:

Take time this week to educate yourself on the issues native tribes currently face, learn about native communities in your area, and the contributions native people have made to this country.

We hope you have a safe and fun 4th of July. Watch a great movie (like one of these), eat lots of food and remember to wear sunscreen!