Bayou Farewell The Rich Life and Tragic Death of

Bayou Farewell The Rich Life and Tragic Death of

Bayou Farewell The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast ❮Read❯ ➹ Bayou Farewell The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast ➼ Author Mike Tidwell – The Cajun coast of Louisiana is home to a way of life as uniue complex and beautiful as the terrain itself  As award winning travel writer Mike Tidwell journeys through the bayou he introduces us to The Rich eBook ↠ The Cajun coast of Louisiana is home to a way of life as uniue complex and beautiful as the terrain itself  As award winning travel writer Mike Tidwell journeys through the bayou he introduces us to the food and the language Farewell The Rich Life and eBook ☆ the shrimp fisherman the Houma Indians and the rich cultural history that makes it unlike any other place in the world But seeing the skeletons of oak trees killed Bayou Farewell PDF or by the salinity of the groundwater and whole cemeteries sinking into swampland and out of sight Tidwell also explains why each introduction may be a farewell—as the storied Louisiana coast steadily erodes into the Gulf of MexicoPart travelogue part environmental exposé Bayou Farewell is the richly evocative chronicle of the author's travels through a world that is vanishing before our eyes.

10 thoughts on “Bayou Farewell The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast

  1. Gay Gay says:

    I read this book shortly after Katrina Here's the review I wrote on According to Michael Tidwell in his book Bayou Farewell twenty five miles of Louisiana coastline disappear each year That's 25 2 5 And this statistic may be dramatic in the wake of Katrina and Rita yet most of us are unaware of what is happening in the estuaries of Southern Louisiana The state's rich supply of wildlife animal marine and avian is threatened by the advance of the Gulf of Mexico into the wetlands It's turning fresh water into salt drowning native grasses oak trees cemeteries and small towns Changes in the fragile chemistry of the wetlands endangers oysters and crabs Eventually the migration route for the white and brown shrimp will disappear The people of this area are in retreat Louisiana fishermen supply an astonishing 30 percent of American's annual seafood harvest measured by weight When the wildlife is gone and the people are relocated to higher ground we all lose In recent years many of us have experienced the uniue culture of Sout' Loosiane by traveling to New Orleans and perhaps cruising down Bayou Black or Lafourche Many of us know Louisiana through movies like The Big Easy and books such as Heaven's Prisoners by James Lee Burke And most of us have fallen in love with the food the shrimp okra gumbo the blackened red fish the crawfish etoufee Would there be the BAM of Emeril without Cajun food? What's Cajun food without Louisiana shrimp red fish oysters and crabs? The state's plight is everyone's problem and Tidwell's book takes you deep into the heart of the swamp Writing before Katrina and Rita Tidwell relates his journey through the wetlands via shrimp trawlers crab boats and oil company supply ship He hitch hikes down bayous and canals meeting and talking with Cajuns the Houma tribe Vietnamese settlers and the environmentalists who are trying to wake up America to this continuing tragedy Author and Louisianan Burke says Bayou Farewell is The best book on Louisiana I have ever readstunning beautifully written and I have to add that it's a jolting call to arms for the coastline along the Gulf of Mexico It reminds me of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring a book length essay about man's responsibility to the planet and to ourselves Silent Spring changed the way we think about our custodial duty to the environment and Bayou Farewell admonishes us as to how we have forgotten that duty Over thousands of years the Mississippi has built the delta that makes up Southern Louisiana The estuary and its wildlife developed because of the river's constant deposit of sediment at its mouth This natural process has been interrupted by man and levee system which now takes that sediment and dumps it over the continental shelf and into the Gulf of Mexico In other words Louisiana wetlands are being starved of its nourishment of dirt mud silt sand As the sediment is denied into the area the salty waters of the Gulf are filling the void moving farther and farther inland The end result is the disappearance of the land the creatures that inhabit it and a uniue way of life There are solutions to help rebuild the coastline and estuaries but Tidwell warns us to take action now At the rate of twenty five miles per year that gives us maybe thirty years before it's all gone I urge you to read Bayou Farewell and tell others to read it Send it to your congressman Thanks for your attention and time

  2. Alisa Alisa says:

    The Louisiana coastline is disappearing at the astonishing rate of 25 acres a day EVERY DAY But when you mention this to people at best they will lament the sad sate of environmental affairs and our seeming inability to make progress on battling climate change but likely they will just shrug their shoulders It may be sad but what can be done? Plenty if there was political will and money and business and government and communities working together The reason a lot of people shrug their shoulders over this however is that they really don't understand what it means to them in real terms The Gulf of Mexico and specifically the gulf coast of Louisiana is a huge source of the seafood consumed in America and that industry supports the livelihood and way of life for generations of people who still live off the land and perpetuate a uniue culture The ecosystem of the gulf waters is also dying off rapidly with the deterioration of the marshlands Can the erosion be reversed? Can the coastline be rebuilt or at least saved? Can the gulf oil gas industry operate in a way that minimizes impact on the environment and is there a role for them to play in rebuilding part of what they destroyed with all the canal dredging in the gulf access waterways? Ironically some of the very forces that are destroying the wetlands are creating a boom in brown shrimp harvest The very people whose means of earning a living relies on this harvest are experiencing a boom that is on the verge of turning to bust in a few short years Then what happens? Where will they go? The loss of natural barriers also means the loss of protection from hurricanes A strong enough storm unimpeded has the potential to wipe out not only the coastal communities but New Orleans and upriver to Baton Rouge and beyond You think Katrina was bad? It can get a whole lot worse very soon unless something is done NOW I got carried away there for a minute with the uestions but they are real and the issues are important and deserve far attention than the short shrift the topic gets todayThis book sounds the alarm on the current state of affairs of deterioration of the bayous and coastline of Louisiana Part environmental treatise part travelogue part cultural examination and delivered with a vivid illustrative and heartfelt narrative this book is really a love letter to the bayou The author manages to mix science and culture studies to tell the story of this huge ecological dilemma through the eyes and words of the people who live along the bayous and rely in some way on the gulf for their survival Really well done highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about our environment If nothing else it will give you new appreciation for the shrimp on your plate

  3. Desiree Desiree says:

    Hands down a must read for anyone who loves Louisiana andor the Cajun culture A fascinating but sad look at the state of the culture and the State of Louisiana As a native Louisianian I found it difficult to read this book as it made me sad to see what's happening to the place where I was born and raised This place is so special to me but just like many of my fellow Cajuns I have fled the state in search of better job opportunities It's sad to see that a smart motivated individual has a hard time making a living wage in Louisiana but the author explores the uestion of Why and documents what is happening to the people who are choosing to stay A culture is being lost along with land at a very swift pace A great read even though it does make me sad to think of the future or lack thereof of Louisiana and the Cajun culture

  4. April April says:

    This is one of the best non fiction books I've read Tidwell does an excellent job of describing a very complex environmental and social problem with many of the details included while making it interesting and easy to read His experiences in the Bayou with the peoples that live on the land there are phenomenal This book is an excellent suggestion for anyone interested in either environmental social or travel stories I would like to have all Americans read it

  5. Kurt Kurt says:

    If you're from South Louisiana and you don't read this book your Louisiana Card should be revoked

  6. Sean Chick Sean Chick says:

    A moving personal account of the cultures that survive on the edge of America mostly Cajun but also Houma and Vietnamese Written in 2003 its dire predictions and warnings hurt even in 2018 as the world stumbles towards an environmental disaster Tidwell clearly sees It was also interesting to read a work about a uniue cultural diversity instead of a hip slogan we mumbled on the way to the same melting pot mall to uote Tidwell The current diversity debate itself lacking a thorough discussion of culture and class pales a bit compared to this this work For one Bayou Farewell was written without the condescension of contemporary works that pathologize rather than empathize with whites in the countryside In addition it is before the current racial debate placed whites into a homogeneous mass as evidenced in most Coates essays at The Atlantic rather than seeing the differences between said cultures Tidwell's honesty perceptiveness and empathy is sorely lacking in the current culture war

  7. Andy Andy says:

    In June I filled in with an ecology lab at LSU's Dept of Oceanography and Coastal Studies basically my friend Joe threw me a bone This was a great way to close out my time in Louisiana finally seeing and trudging through the disappearing wetlands of the state And this book helped me pull it all togetherLouisiana contains fully 40% of the nation's wetlands and as Tidwell explains these aren't just mosuito breeding fields but rich ecosystems upon which the entire nation depends Of course as we all know post Katrina Rita they provide also provide buffers from storm surge For a variety of reasons almost all the conseuence of either oil gas drilling or the maintenance of the Mississippi's shipping channel via the Corps of Engineers maintained levee system Louisiana's wetlands are disappearing at a rate of about a football field every 38 minutesAs Tidwell goes to great pains to show this is not an abstraction but has tangible and immediately obvious conseuences on both the landscape and the communities who depend on these wetlands Like many nature writers he veers uickly and often in the purplest of proses his metaphors are strained at times particularly when describing something beautiful and in his reverence for asimpler way of life on the bayou he risks fetishizing his subject Such is often the case with nature and travel writing I was able to get past these stylistic issues because the analysis and the reportage is so meaty Wholeheartedly recommonded

  8. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    Most accurate description I've read of coastal Louisiana and Cajun culturehe does a great job of capturing the feeling of being in South Louisiana especially the food the people and unfortunately the disappearing coast I've never been so sad proud and hungry all at the same time while reading a book While reading on the subway I looked up several times shocked to see that I was in NYC and not on a boat somewhere in a bayou

  9. Laura Laura says:

    This book is about the coastal erosion of Louisiana It is told by a man who traveled the bayous and bays of the La coast with the people who live there I like that it is about the people and not a just a sermon about how desperate the situation is along the coast And the situation is extreme

  10. Erik Loomis Erik Loomis says:

    This is a first rate book on the destruction of the bayous Also a great book for understanding why Hurricane Katrina was so destructive It's really sad admittedly but Tidwell is a strong writer and it's enjoyable at the same time

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