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2019- The Year in Review

In these COVID times, we figured we could finally get to our yearly roundup post. Since the end of 2018, we have continues to try our best to get the word out about our cultures, our environmental struggles, our languages, and to generally be as helpful as possible in the spaces we moved.

November 2018, we tabled at the third annual Indigenous ComicCon! At our table, we spread awareness of the Bayou Bridge pipeline problems happening in LA, fundraised $200 for the L'eau est la Vie camp, sold beadwork from struggling indigenous relatives with all money going directly back to the artists, as well as engaging fellow native peoples about the unique cultures and tribes in our area. In the spring of 2019, one of our members became a trainer for the one of the #nokxl Native Organizer's Alliance Promise to Protect tour stops. (https://nativeorganizing.org/noa-partners-for-the-promise-to-protect-training-tour/) March 2019, Cancuba Collective had a UHN powwow table, with kids interaction with the reviving Houma native language via free coloring sheets. There, one of our members interviewed with the Bulbancha is Still a Place zine, which is featured in Issue #2, now available. Another member had their artwork featured in that same issue, as well. November 2019, Ayeta traveled to Plymouth, MA for the 50th National Day of Mourning to present a speech and update from the homelands for the greater indigenous community. For the occasion, Ayeta learned to fingerweave a regalia belt, and wore a belt they crafted for the speech. January 2020, One member joined the Houma Language Project at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting to help present to the linguistic community updates on the revitalization of our native language. Other than those bigger events, we have been: continuing work on language learning, learning and teaching pine needle basketry and palmetto basketry, took herbalism classes and have been making herbal medicines since for mutual aid, street medicked, had vending tables at various events, and as always we help out tribes how we can by volunteering for events and elder/member support. We are always reaching out to make community connections, and we are always striving for indigenous sovereignty.