Atakapa -Ishak Bands of SouthWest Louisiana and SouthEast Texas


“The Heron Band” inhabits the prairies surrounding present day St Landry Parish. The Opelousas Band painted their lower legs and feet black during mourning ceremonies, mimicking the long black legs of the Heron.


“The Eagle” represents the Calcasieu Band. These Members inhabit the areas between the Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes in South Western Louisiana. This clan was named for the Eagle which could be seen flying over the lakes.


“The Snake ” represents the Teche Band, who inhabits the prairies and coastal marshes surrounding St. Martinville in South Central Louisiana. They are named for the snake that symbolizes the winding and twisting course of Bayou Teche.


“The Alligator” represents the Alligator Band on the Vermilion River in the South Central Louisiana.The Alligator was very important to this Band; its oil was used for cooking and to treat minor arthritis and eczema symptoms, its scales were used as arrow heads,and its meat was used for food.


“The Panther” represents those Atakapa who inhabited South East Texas in the areas around the Sabine River.


“The Red Bird” represents the band of the Western-Moist lands in Louisiana. This Band inhabits the prairies and coastal areas of South Western Louisiana near what is now Lake Charles Louisiana.


















  • Chief Crying Eagle, Principal Chief of the Atakapa-Ishak Nation


5 comments on “Council
  1. janice shuff says:

    Just to enlighten the Native Americans of Atakapa Ishak tribe in the texas area, We are accepting dues of $25.00 every six months or $50.00 a year. It will help with sending letters and such things as stamps and ink for the printer. I am working to get permission to copy some of the books that Hugh
    Singleton has written. I think it would be a great assess to print and read what our ancestors have been through and what they worked so hard for.

  2. Deloris Turner says:

    I’m wanting to know what happened to chief Amos. Did he step down as chief of the tribe?

  3. Sandra Herrera says:

    I am desperately looking for information about Felix Wartell and his mother Victorine. They are listed in a publication from the Smithsonian Institution as two of the very few remaining native speakers of the Atakapa language in the early twentieth century…or late nineteenth century. He is listed with his cousin Armojean Reon as having lived with the Atakapa in Louisiana and/or Texas. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

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