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  • Cane River Stories

    Welcome to Cane River Stories.

    Cane River Stories is photo documentary project by photographer Thomas Meredith. The goal of the project is to visually capture and tell the stories of the Cane River and its people.

    I have been coming to the Cane River for 2 years, so I have many more photos to add to this blog before I'm caught up. Please subscribe and/or like the Facebook page to stay updated!

    Moving forward I plan to do a series of video and audio interviews. I believe the people themselves are best equipped to tell their stories. So if you, or someone you know would like to lend their voice to Cane River Stories, please contact me.

    I plan on going to New York, LA, and Chicago to interview Creoles with ties to the Cane River, so please spread the word to anyone who might be interested.

    This project is funded in part by a grant from the Cane River National Heritage Area.

    Thank you,


Cane River Creoles – Phil Delphin

Cane River Creoles – Roque Brothers Farm House

Cane River Creoles – St. Augustine Catholic Church

Christopher RachalDecember 16, 2011 - 9:44 pm

I like this

Cane River Creoles – The Turtle

When you fish with limb lines sometimes you get more than you expect.  That was the case one morning when Phil and Woody went out to check on their lines.   As we slowly came upon one of the lines near the bank – they could tell they had hooked something big.  At first they thought it might be a catfish, but then the tail made an appearance above the water line – it was no catfish, but a turtle.   A large alligator snapping turtle that is not to be taken lightly.  It can remove fingers from your hand and break bones.   After wrangling it into the boat they had the dubious task of getting it ashore and securing it safely.   It remained in a large, plastic tank behind the big house for others to check out for a couple of days before meeting an untimely end and becoming turtle soup.

r steven pageFebruary 23, 2012 - 5:01 pm

I bet that sucker was tasty.

Cane River Creoles – The Hog

When the weather turns cold the LaCaze family goes hog hunting, and if they’re not shooting hogs, they’re trapping them.  When you collect hundreds of pounds of hog meat you can’t eat it all, and often times they’ll give it to friends.  So one afternoon Woody shows up with a wild boar in a cage he got from the LaCazes.   They normally don’t just slaughter and eat a boar right away.   The meat of a boar (a male hog) is much more musky and gamey than a sow.  So what do you do?  Effectively turn the boar into a sow by removing the testicles, which isn’t as easy as it sounds!  Then keep it penned up and well feed for about a month, giving the hormones time to filter out.  Then it’s ready for sausage and cracklins!