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Atakapa Indian Culture and History

As a complement to our Atakapa language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Atakapa tribe and their society.

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Please note that Atakapas and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Atakapa history is interesting and important, but the Atakapa Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and the life and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Atakapa Websites

Atakapa Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Atakapa Indian language.
Atakapa Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Atakapa culture.

Atakapa Tribal and Community Websites

Atakapa Ishak Nation:
    Homepage of the Atakapa Ishak tribe of Louisiana.
Attakapas of Louisiana Community:
    Facebook page of the Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe. another band including Atakapa descendents,

Books for sale on the Atakapas
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Atakapa Ishakkoy Dictionary * Comparison of the Tunica, Chitimacha & Atakapa Languages:
    Atakapa language books.
Historic Indian Tribes of Louisiana: From 1542 to the Present:
    A good overview of Louisiana's Native American cultures, including the Atakapas.
Indian Tribes of the Lower Mississippi Valley:
    Book on the Native history of the Gulf and Mississippian region, including a chapter on the Atakapa.
The Indians Who Gave Us Zydeco * Atakapa Woman: A Louisiana tale of courage:
    Books by Atakapa-Ishak writer Hugh Singleton.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Atakapas and American Indians in general.

Maps of Atakapa Lands

Louisiana Indian Maps:
    Tribal map showing the original location of the Atakapa Indians and their neighbors in southwest Louisiana.
Texas Indian Lands:
    Map showing the predominant tribe living in each Texas county.
Tribes of the Southeast:
    Map of Southeastern tribes including the Atakapa.

Atakapa Lifestyle and Tradition

    History, timeline, and background information on the Atakapa Indians.
Atakapa Indians:
    Overview of Atakapa history, customs, and religious beliefs from the Handbook of Texas Online.
Tribes of the Louisiana Territory:
    Historical information about the Atakapas and other Native Americans of Louisiana.
The Coastal Indians of Texas:
    Data on the history of the Karankawa and Atakapa tribes.
Atakapa Authors:
    Atakapa writers, their lives and work.
Atakapa Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Atakapa baskets, tools, and other artifacts.
Brush Shelter * Native American Clothing * Bows and Arrows:
    Articles on Native American clothes, weapons and houses like the ones used by Atakapa people.
Atakapa Ishak Flag:
    Atakapa Indian flags.
Atakapa Indian Tribe: * Attacapa Tribe:
    Early 20th-century articles about the Atakapa people.
Texas Indians: Atakapan:
    Article, pictures, and a map about Atakapa Indian history.

Atakapa Politics, Issues and News

Atakapas-Ishak Indian Newsletter:
    Quarterly publication of Atakapa-Ishak news and information.
    Another online newspaper on Atakapa-Ishak issues.
Texas' Atakapa tribe seeking federal designation:
    Article on the Atakapa tribe's struggle to preserve their culture and be recognized by the government.
Louisiana Tribe Fights To Preserve Their Ancestral Village * Oil Imperils Native American Town:
    Articles about environmental challenges facing the Atakapa-Ishak fishing community of Grand Bayou.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Atakapa Native Americans:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Atakapa tribe.
   Atakapa Tribe:
   Atakapa timeline and links.
   Les Atakapas:
   Information about the Atakapa tribe in French.
   Pueblo Atakapa:
   Information about the Atakapa tribe in Spanish.

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