Heart of Louisiana: Waterlife Museum

Heart of Louisiana: Waterlife Museum

TERREBONNE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - It's a chance for people who like to play to join the band or take turns singing their favorite songs. And you never know what sparks might fly on the dance floor.

Al and Gayle Voisin met here a while back. They were married ten days ago.

"We can dance, its our culture and we dance sometimes four times a week," Gayle said. "We decided to do this forever."

"It's really something that people want to keep going," said musician James Jagneaux. "The old Cajun and country, the old country. We're trying to keep this country, this culture going.

The Waterlife Museum also tells the story of this area, and how the development of Terrebonne Parish is tied to its many waterways.

The coastal waters are a famous hot spot for saltwater fishermen. But its also a place where people have always turned to the water for food and their livelihoods.

"We have a lot of things in here that some of our youngsters haven't seen, like the way that we used to harvest oysters or the way that trappers would skin nutria and how the furs were used so," said Jonathan Foret, Head of the nearby Working Coast Camp.

You can see how shrimp are caught, how oysters are harvested along with crabs and crawfish. And there is the oil industry, which has become a mainstay of the local economy.

"I think the Water Life Museum does a really good job at showing how unique we are as a community and how unique our culture is from our food to our industry to our way of life," Foret said.

You can check out the jam session and dance every Tuesday afternoon at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum in Houma.

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