Special Alert
Special Alert
things-to-do/history Hist

Atakapa-Ishak

The Atakapa people /?'t??k?p?/ are an indigenous people of the Southeastern Woodlands, who spoke the Atakapa language and historically lived along the Gulf of Mexico. They called themselves the Ishak, pronounced "ee-SHAK", which translates as "The People" and further designated themselves within the tribe as "The Sunrise People" and "The Sunset People". Although the people were decimated by infectious disease after European contact, descendants still live in Louisiana and Texas. The peoples lived in river valleys, along lake shores, and coasts from Galveston Bay, Texas to Vermilion Bay, Louisiana.

After 1762, when Louisiana was transferred to Spain, little was written about the Atakapan. Infectious disease epidemics of the late 18th century caused many fatalities among them. Survivors joined the Caddo, Koasati, and other surrounding tribes, although some culturally distinct Atakapan people survived into the 20th century.

 

 

Snap 'N' Tag #VisitLakeCharles
Visitors Guide
Explore Our

Getaway Guide

online or print
E-News Sign Up

Events

Events

Gallery Promenade 2016 a Read More →
Country music artist John Michael Montgomery will perform in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, September 30 at 8:30 PM. Montgomery began his career singing with Read More →
Shuttle lines start at 6:00pm, shuttles depart at 6:30pm Begin your terrifying Halloween journey with a hayride at The Lost Hollows! After traveling to the creepiest woods in Read More →
On October 1st and 2nd, at the Lake Charles Civic Center, the Habibi Shrine Circus will return! The Shrine Circus is the only Circus with a purpose!! Show times are on Saturday at 10 am, Read More →
McNeese State University vs. Nicholls State University style="font-size: Read More →