Wildsam Field Guide, New Orleans
There’s an old Creole proverb that goes like this: Tell me who you love and I'll tell you who you are. We think the mysterious wisdom of this sentiment rings uniquely true in New Orleans.
Because New Orleans is deeply beloved. Though it bears scars as deeply as any place in America, New Orleans is a place treasured by the generations. These pages are filled with people who prove this true. The river pilot steering ships up the Mississippi. The single mom hustling to get her girls to school. The sax repairman from Germany and the fisherman’s daughter from Vietnam. The sign painter, the midwife, the chef.
Anyone who knows New Orleans knows the romance – mornings in the Quarter, bustling po-boy counters, Rebirth at the Maple Leaf. And they know well the city’s wounds. Forgotten neighborhoods. Swollen prisons. The long disparity of race and class. As always, our hope with this field guide is to open up New Orleans as honestly as we can through story and heritage. To nudge travelers and locals alike towards unforgettable experience. To encourage conversation and reflection. And to help you fall in love with this incredible city.