Hoktiwe (for L. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford)


  • Jeffery U. Darensbourg Independent, but item composed during a residency at Tulane University




This is a cento composed using extracted sentences from both the 1932 and 2019 published dictionaries of Ishakkoy, also known as Atakapan, a dormant Indigenous language from Louisiana and Texas.  The corpus of texts in the language is small, however the published materials have hundreds of example sentences.  These were extracted and used to make new compositions, presenting a model for corpus expansion and creative composition in an Indigenous language.

Author Biography

Jeffery U. Darensbourg, Independent, but item composed during a residency at Tulane University

Jeffery Darensbourg is interested in the knowledge of flora, fauna, and people his Atakapa-Ishak ancestors carried with them and wishes to connect this sort of Louisiana-specific knowledge to the knowledge urban Natives such as himself have in negotiating Indigeneity, within the contemporary milieu of city life in our current social and economic climate.  Jeffery U. Darensbourg is an enrolled member and tribal councilperson of the Atakapa-Ishak Nation of mixed Native and Louisiana Creole ancestry. His work explores the intersections of cultural studies, mixed ethnicity, and Indigeneity.




How to Cite

Darensbourg, J. U. (2020). Hoktiwe (for L. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford). Transmotion, 6(2), 138–141. https://doi.org/10.22024/UniKent/03/tm.919