The Pelican State – Louisiana

On January 18, we moved to Poverty Point Reservoir State Park in Delhi, Louisiana.  On the way, we stopped at a small aquarium (Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium) which had fish, turtles, and an alligator.  Our favorites were the albino snapping turtle and baby aligator.

After the aquarium, we went to Cane River Creole National Historic Park, where we got to see two plantations and the difference between the lives of slaves (who later became sharecroppers) and their masters.  It was interesting to see how small and unequipped the houses of the slaves were in comparison to their owners, and how their lives were much different.  We also got to learn about the plantation crops and animals, and how the buildings were built to last long in damp conditions.  This was the first time I also saw a pigeonnier (a fancy house for pigeons that indicated higher class status).  At the end of our trip there, it began raining, and we had to wait on the porch of the big house for it to slow down.

We visited Poverty Point National Monument where we learned about the Native Americans and their earthworks they left from around 1200 B.C.  The earthworks were very big, so it must have taken many, many basketfuls of dirt to build them, and lots of team effort.    A nice ranger showed us how to use an atlatl (a common hunting tool of the past natives in that area).  An atlatl is a tool which uses leverage to help you to throw spears much further than you could without it.  I found it quite difficult to use, but a few of my brothers and Daddy achieved some distance with it.  The ranger (who got to practice much with it) was very good at aiming and throwing the spear with the atlatl.

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