Shrimp & Petroleum Stories / by Julie Conquest


Each year, in the southern Louisiana town of Bay City, there is a festival that celebrates the shrimp and petroleum industries. I just returned from documenting the festival for Southern Foodways and wow what a ride! The event was singular and enacted through rituals that tell a story of industry, community and gender in the region. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to talk with community members about their everyday experiences, memories, and observations. Truly there is so much living to share! More photos and audio just around the corner!