Rumor, Place, and Belief in Louisiana’s Deep Delta

Carolyn E. Ware (Louisiana State University)

This paper explores rumors and legends about local waterways, landscapes, and malicious outsiders in Plaquemines Parish and St. Bernard, Louisiana. These legends and rumors take on particular significance in recent contexts, as Louisiana scientists and politicians advocate for building a controversial Mississippi River freshwater diversion in Plaquemines Parish, which will destroy productive oyster beds in part of the parish.

Part of 51-02 Orality and Literacy in Legend, Rumor, and Conspiracy Theory, Friday, October 22, 8:30 am–10:00 am