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Rosina and Geraldine Philippe of the Atakapa Ishak Tribe talk about life before the spill, and how their community responded to the BP oil disaster.

Rosina recalls the devastating effects when the Gulf oil spill reached her home forty six days after the tragic event.

Rosina Philippe - Atakapa Ishak Tribe - Grand Bayou,La

Rosina Philippe - Atakapa Ishak Tribe - Grand Bayou,La

It came rolling into the bay. I mean tons of it, just thick orange. It was horrible. It just came in and it kept coming and there was nothing to stop it… [We] knew that it was coming in and everything it touched was going to die. And that’s just what happened.

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Recorded in Buras, LA on October 20, 2010.
NRDC partnered with StoryCorps and Bridge the Gulf to record, share, and preserve the stories and experiences of those living through the BP oil disaster. Find out more at http://www.nrdc.org/storycorps

Last year around this time  Rosina spoke to the National Wildlife Federation about concerns for the future of life in Grand Bayou.

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The Atakapa Ishak tribe of coastal Louisiana has inhabited the region for time without number. In the 21st century they still maintain a lifestyle and culture that is inherited from their ancestors. Now, in the wake of the BP Oil Spill, they struggle to keep their identity and their way of life.

posted on youtube by  on Jun 27, 2010

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