Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve's Youth Art Showcase

Youth Art Showcase with a drawing of a turtle, NPS arrowhead logo, and Atchafalaya National Heritage Area logo.

NPS/Kalix Burnetz

2023 Theme
Waterways of the Atchafalaya Area

Atchafalaya (think of a sneeze: uh-CHA-fuh-lie-uh) is a Choctaw word that means “long river.” As America’s largest freshwater swamp, the Atchafalaya is filled with many waterways, such as bayous, rivers, and swamps. The Atchafalaya is home to many unique animals, plants, and cultures that relied on the abundance of the area for food and natural resources. Whether it’s trapping, fishing, hunting, or gathering, the Atchafalaya is abundant with critters and resources necessary for survival. Many cultural groups, from the Native Americans to the Cajuns, lived off the land in the Atchafalaya area.
Some important things to think about when creating your artwork are:

  • What is the importance of the Atchafalaya?
  • How did cultural groups, such as the Native Americans, Cajuns, and Creoles, use the resources from the waterways?
  • What unique plants and animals depend on the Atchafalaya waterways?
  • How has the Atchafalaya changed over time?

2023 Youth Art Showcase Winners

Congratulations to our 2023 Youth Art Showcase winners! The exhibition is on display at the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette until March 29, 2024.
  • Grades 6-8
    • Addison G.
    • Ida J.
    • Madison L.
    • Mya M.
    • Alex M.
    • Tatum S.
    • Slade T.
    • Gage T.
  • Grades 9-10
    • Tré B.
    • Amelia C.
    • Jade F.
    • Ella-Grace H.
    • C.C. P.
    • Luke R.
    • Audrey R.
    • Cecilia S.
  • Grades 11-12
    • Shayne L.
    • Zoe L.
    • Samuel S.

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Last updated: March 16, 2024

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