At Noon on Tuesday, July 18, the West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture, “Boats of the Basin: Design, Function, and Form for the Life Aquatic” featuring C.E. Richard, author, filmmaker, and professor of Creative Writing and Film Studies at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
C.E. Richard is the Writer/ Director for “In the Mind of the Maker,” a lyrical short documentary about the role of memory and imagination in the creative life an 86-year-old master boat builder, clinging to the remnants of a nearly forgotten way of life in the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp of French Louisiana.
For people to make a home in the inhospitable wilds of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisianans had to design and build a variety of boats that are especially suited to that environment and are found only in Louisiana. This presentation offers a brief consideration of some of the boats that evolved in the Basin for living, working, and playing. It will include a screening and discussion of the short film “In the Mind of the Maker,” which documents the construction of a rare Creole Rowing Skiff.
This lunch time lecture program is free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.