Issue #146: from Return to the Yakne Chitto by Monique Verdin & Raymond Jackson

From Return to the Yakne Chitto: Houma Migrations (Neighborhood Story Project, University of New Orleans Press, 2019), a collaborative ethnography of Houma lifeways at the ends of the Louisiana bayou.

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From Return to the Yakne Chitto: Houma Migrations (Neighborhood Story Project, University of New Orleans Press, 2019), a collaborative ethnography of Houma lifeways at the ends of the Louisiana bayou. Photos by Monique Verdin. Poem by Raymond Jackson: “bear bones” retells the story of the matriarch of Verdin’s family, Rosalie Courteau.

Monique Verdin is an interdisciplinary artist and storyteller. She serves as director of the Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange, and is a member of the United Houma Nation Tribal Council and the core leadership of Another Gulf Is Possible.

Raymond “Moose” Jackson is a poet, playwright, musician, and actor in New Orleans.

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BOMB 146, Winter 2019

Our winter issue is dedicated to this planet’s greatest resource: water. With contributions from Saskatchewan and the American Southwest to Iceland and Northern Europe, an array of voices are brought together here—artists and writers investigating water as site, sustenance, and symbol, along with those expressing alarm and calling for intervention.


Featuring interviews with Lauren Bon, Oscar Tuazon, Jaque Fragua, Brad Kahlhamer, Ruth Cuthand, Janaina Tschäpe, Jessica Grindstaff, Tomoko Sauvage, Cecilia Vicuña, and Alicia Kopf, as well as writing by Laura van den Berg, Natalie Diaz, Stefan Helmreich, and more.

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