Trail #795: Welcome to Bulbancha

Centuries before the arrival of Europeans, Indigenous peoples controlled the narrow strip of land between the Mississippi River and present-day Lake Pontchartrain to transport goods, harvest resources, and perform rituals. The birth and growth of colonial New Orleans depended upon the materials and services provided by Native inhabitants as liaisons, traders, soldiers, and even slaves. Despite losing much of their homeland and political power after the Louisiana Purchase, Lower Mississippi Valley Indigenous peoples refused to retreat from New Orleans’s streets and markets; throughout the 1800s, Choctaw and other nearby communities improvised ways of expressing their cultural autonomy and economic interests—as peddlers, laborers, and performers—in the face of prejudice and hostility from non-Indigenous residents. Numerous other Indigenous tribes, forcibly removed from the southeastern United States, underwent a painful passage through the city before being transported farther up the Mississippi River. At the dawn of the twentieth century, a few Indigenous communities on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain continued to maintain their creative relationship with New Orleans by regularly vending crafts and plants in the French Market.

This trail intends to honor the legacies of Indigenous peoples of Bulbancha and lift up stories of Indigenous resilience. Bulbancha is still a place. More info here:

Bring: $1 (no coins); 6-pack (glass discouraged), whistle, flashlight

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Time: 6:30pm show, 7:00pm GO!

Theme: Bulbancha is Still a Place

Start Address: Gayarre Place Monument (Esplanade and Bayou Rd)

Hare & Co-hares: mr. hEd, Whordini

Beer hare: ISO!

Pre-Lube: Whiskey & Sticks

On-After: Whiskey & Sticks

Dog Friendly: yes

Is a dry bag, shiggy gear, or anything specific needed for trail?: headlamps. Headlamps headlamps. Cannot emphasize how important it is to have lights on this trail. Also, wear reflective gear. Don’t be an asshole— do NOT appropriate Indigenous culture.

Approx. -l-l-l–> length: (does not include YBFs or actually solving checks). 5 for runners, 2.5 for walkers.

Trail is A to Aish, so no zenning :)

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