The Philippe family has called Louisiana's Grand Bayou home for "centuries upon centuries." As part of the Native American Atakapa-Ishak tribe, the family has relied on the land and water around it to survive for generations. It's all they know. But when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April, vast amounts of oil were spewed into the waters that the Philippes rely on to catch fish, shrimp, oysters, and crabs. The family now finds both its livelihood and its legacy threatened by the ongoing crisis.


This video was produced for NRDC's OnEarth magazine.

Native American family's legacy and livelihood threatened by Gulf oil disaster
Video: Take a close look at the real people and family history and tradition that is being destroyed on the Gulf.