The Louisiana Indian Heritage Association, a state-wide non-profit organization founded in 1967, is dedicated to the preservation of Native American customs and traditions. The following objectives are listed in the LIHA charter:
1) To promote the customs, tradition, arts and crafts of the American Indian, both past and present to the general public.
2) To enable the public to achieve an Idea of how the American Indian lived and to keep the spirit alive of the American Indian.
3) To preserve and achieve a high standard of dancing, singing, arts, crafts and the general study of the American Indian both past and present.
4) To give annually to a charitable organization which deals with the development of the American Indian in Louisianan in order to educate the general public and to provide an opportunity for the local Native American community to showcase their traditions.
LIHA has produced annual powwows since 1967 and is the oldest on-going organization of its kind in the Southeast region. Prior to 1967, it was necessary to travel to Texas or Oklahoma to attend a powwow. Most Louisiana Natives had been assimilated into the dominant culture and had lost their identity. Lost were cereLonial dances, such as the Stomp Dance, indigenous to Southeastern United States. LIHA has played a major role in the revival of traditions among the Louisiana Native Americans. LIHA has been an instrument to rediscover their culture and heritage.
We invite everyone to join and strengthen our organization. We especially invite members from the local Native American community to become a voice and active participants in our organization!