Southern Louisiana truly is the America Different, a jewel of mixed cultures like nowhere else in the country except perhaps New Mexico. Foodie recently saw a photo of a goat wearing a red life jacket, sitting in a shrimp boat, riding out the floods of Hurricane Rita. Then she read a quote from someone in New Iberia, LA saying that things would be okay since thay had their "pirogue."
Pirogue is French, the Spanish is piragua, originally describing a flat bottom boat created from a hollowed out tree. Today pirogues are built from a wide range of materials and many come with two masts and sails. The flat bottom design made the pirogue perfect for the marshy areas and bayous of southern Louisiana, used for both fishing and hunting. And today it is seen as a rescue vessel as well.