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The Women of Cane River (1980)

Louisiana Alive!



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, Cloutierville, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-11-19

Duration: 00:28:18

Subjects: Melrose Plantation (La.) | HUNTER, CLEMENTINE | PAINTINGS | Coincoin, Marie Therese, 1742-1816. | Metoyer, Claude Thomas Pierre. | Henry, Carmelite Garrett, 1871-1948. | Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904. | PLANTATIONS | ARTISTS | Authors | Free blacks


  • Womack, Ellison C. Director
  • Luke, Marty Host
  • Wolf, Thom Producer
  • Cottrell, Mark Interviewee
  • Whitehead, Tom Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Alive!” from November 19, 1980, features the film “Women of Cane River.” The film profiles four women who made significant cultural contributions to Natchitoches and the surrounding Cane River Country: Marie-Therese Coincoin, Cammie Henry, artist Clementine Hunter and author Kate Chopin. It includes an interview with Hunter at over 90 years of age describing the inspiration behind her paintings. The film is preceded by an interview with filmmaker Mark Cottrell, a graduate student at Northwestern State University, and his advisor, Professor Tom Whitehead, discussing the origins of the film, choosing the subjects, the research process and the compromises they had to make because of limited time. Host: Marty Luke