Native American Collection

Much of this collection was found in and around Lake Ponchatrain and the Ponchatrain Basin. Native Americans who lived in this area for over 3,000 years called the Lake "Okwata," which means "wide water." In 1699 Iberville renamed Okwata "Ponchatrain" after a French nobleman. Tribes that lived in the Ponchatrain Basin included Bayougoula, Mougoulacha, Chitimacha, Oumas, Tangipahoa, Colapissa, and Quinipissa Accalopissa.


Native American Arrowheads
These arrowheads are a small part of the Museum's collection of South Louisiana Native American artifacts, some dating back 2,000 years.
Bone Fish Hooks and Other Tools
Tools from South Louisiana tribes, which included Chitimacha and Choctaw.
More Native American Tools
Cooking Stones from Manchac Area
Some tribes used hot stones for cooking and for dehydrating meat and fish.