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The evolution of a rich blend of cultures, traditions and lifeways has created a magical place known as the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. The combination of people, places, sites, sounds, and smells make this a one of a kind mosaic of history and culture in the heart of Louisiana and Alternative C capitalizes on this nationally significant and culturally rich region of the country.
Alternative C focuses on current and past communities, sites, buildings, languages, religions, music, foodways, history, and cultural traditions. The history of the area and its cultural traditions are, however, intricately linked to the history of the area's natural resources - one cannot be explained without the other. For centuries, the area's cultural traditions, lifeways, locations of culturally significant sites, transportation patterns and demographic shifts have been affected by the region's physical geography, particularly as it relates to the historical flow and distribution of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers. The native people of the area as well as the various waves of migrants have relied on the area's unique natural resources that have, in turn, had an indelible impact on the blend of cultures that has evolved into the distinct Creole culture of today.
Under this alternative, all visitors to the area, whether for business or leisure, would be able to find multiple opportunities to discover the history and cultural traditions of the Atchafalaya. This alternative caters to local and regional residents, visitors that are passing through, and those who make it a destination. Information would be available about area attractions based on where a visitor planned to enter the heritage area and the amount of time they would like to spend in the area.