United Houma Nation to Announce Plans for Cultural Center [fr]

On Friday, September 30, 2016, the United Houma Nation, in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, the Fondation de France and the Embassy of France in the US, will present the first architectural plans for its future cultural center and French Immersion school in Terrebonne Parish. The building plans, in the form of a crawfish, are drawn by world renowned architect Rudy Riccioti. They will be unveiled in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. A historic project!

Press Release - UHN Cultural Center and French Immersion School - PNG

Date: September 22, 2016

From: Consul General Grégor Trumel & Principal Chief Thomas Dardar, Jr.

Media Contact: Meagen Moreland-Taliancich, Communications Attachée, Consulate General of France in Louisiana, mm.cgnola@gmail.com, 504-430-4273


Reception and Celebration Kicks Off UHN Cultural Center and French Immersion School Plans

It is both an honor and pleasure for the Consulate General of France in Louisiana and the United Houma Nation Principal Chief to host a reception and celebration of the 317 year old friendship of the Tribe and the French.

The reception on Friday, September 30, 2016 is also a gathering to unveil and officially announce “L’Crevisse” (crawfish) Cultural and Educational Project. What began as a simple dream, drawing and discussion with the Fondation de France, the Consulate General of France and the French Embassy in the US has blossomed into a multi-million dollar project to establish a United Houma Nation Cultural Center and French Immersion School located in Terrebonne Parish.

The need for this project has long been needed within the tribal community. The Houmas’ first contact took place near the Angola/Baton Rouge area with French explorers and missionary Father Paul DuRu. Over the following 317 years, the Houma people have been ever adaptive to the changing landscape and leadership around them. The Tribe migrated to present day coastal Louisiana while always maintaining a close relationship with the French.

With the coastal environmental crisis in southeast Louisiana, traditional tribal settlements are faced with how to adapt to this urgent challenge. Finding a location or “home” for the preservation of tribal culture, knowledge and language is of primary concern.

“France is proud to support this essential project to preserve the unique Francophone heritage of Louisiana,” says Consul General of France Grégor Trumel, “This cultural center and immersion school would provide a new space for the native Houma community and attract new business.! It should be a great attraction for the parishes of South Louisiana. This is a historic achievement!”

As such it would only be fitting that this project move forward under the creative talents of the esteemed French Architect Rudy Ricciotti. This venture will be the first of Mr. Ricciotti’s work in the United States.

L’Crevisse Cultural and Educational Project is a joint effort of the United Houma Nation, Fondation de France, Agency Rudy Ricciotti and Le Consortium’s initiatives, with the active help of the Consulate General of France in Louisiana and the Embassy of France in the United States.

“The United Houma Nation’s Cultural Center and French Immersion School is an exquisite and unique project that will bring tourists from around the world, will serve as a gathering place for tribal citizens, and preserve the indigenous culture. This facility will be a valuable asset to the advancement and development of Tribal educational, cultural and artistic presence worldwide,” reports Sophie Claudel, project representative with Fondation de France.

The United Houma Nation’s Cultural Center and French Immersion School will be developed and supported under the nonprofit arm of the United Houma Nation.

Supported by the Fondation de France, the Nouveaux commanditaires program allows citizens who are faced with social, cultural or territorial development stakes to involve contemporary artists or architects within the framework of their concerns, by means of commissioning a work.

This program’s originality is based on its new way of bringing together three actors: the ARTIST (Rudy Ricciotti), the COMMANDITAIRES (the United Houma Nation under the supervision of Principal Chief Thomas Dardar and his team) and the MEDIATOR (Le Consortium contemporary art center: Sophie Claudel), approved by the Fondation de France with the support of public and private partners.

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