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“This is our place in the universe.” Rosina Philippe can see her ancestors’ burial mounds from her kitchen window. But rising seas and sinking land could put them under water in a generation. (Living on Earth/Jeff Young)

“This is our place in the universe.” Rosina Philippe can see her ancestors’ burial mounds from her kitchen window. But rising seas and sinking land could put them under water in a generation. (Living on Earth/Jeff Young)

The Living on Earth radio program has a wonderful and sad feature on the Atakapa-Ishak people who live on Grand Bayou in Louisiana.

As Living on Earth’s Jeff Young begins the story:

    Katrina took their homes. BP’s spill took their jobs. And coastal erosion is taking the very land their ancestors called home for centuries. But the tiny, Native American community of Grand Bayou Village is determined to hang on.

Raymond Reyes tells Young that “I’m 66 years old. Why would I change now? That’s my livelihood so I’m gonna stay here. Yep, that’s all. We got the burial grounds right here, so why move?”

The story features audio, photos and maps. Hearing people’s voices, and the emotion in them, makes it worth a good, long listen.

Gwen Florio

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