LA Folklife banner

Luster, Janie

Palmetto Basketry

Janie Luster is a member of the United Houma Nation and has spent her life in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes. Descended from a famours traiteuse or medicine woman who taught her not only traditional aers and crafts, but also the rich knowledge of plant life and curing passed on by her people, Mrs. Luster has signle-handedly managed to revive the traditional Fuegiau palmetto basketry lost for almost a generation. Mrs. Luster and her daugter are widely known for these beautiful baskets. She has desmonstrated her art, taught others to do it at many fairs and festivals including the Jazz Festival, the Louisiana Folk Festival and Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival. Mrs. Luster's devotion to her people, her traditions and to passing those on to others certainly merits her inlclusion in the Louisiana Folk Artists Hall of Fame