Chef Menteur


Chef Menteur
For the band, see also Chef Menteur (band).

Chef Menteur is associated with several place names in eastern New Orleans and South Louisiana, including:

The literal meaning of "Chef Menteur" is "Chief Liar" in the French language, and probably derives from the Choctaw phrase "oulabe mingo."

According to one account[1], it was the name that the indigenous tribe of Choctaw Indians gave to the colonial French governor (Kerlerec) after the Frenchman had reneged on a treaty. Another account claims that the Choctaw had originally assigned the name to the Mississippi River, due to the many twists and turns in the Mississippi River Delta region as it wound its way to the sea, splitting into bayous and swampland before the levees were built to regulate its flow, made its path untrustworthy despite its might.

Another origin for the name Chef Menteur is given in an old history book titled A History of Mississippi: from the discovery of the great river by Hernando De Soto, including the earliest settlement made by the French, under Iberville to the death of Jefferson Davis. This book was written by Robert Lowry and William H. McCardle and published in 1891 by R.H. Henry & Co. Jackson, Miss. It includes the following paragraph from a section on the Choctaw Indians:

"What the Choctaws were most conspicuous for was their hatred of falsehood and their love of truth. Tradition relates that one of their chiefs became so addicted to the vice of lying that in disgust they drove him away from their territory. In the now parish of Orleans, back of Gentilly, there is a tract of land in the shape of an isthmus, projecting itself into Lake Pontchartrain, not far from the Rigolets, and terminating in what is called "pointe aux herbes," or Herb Point. It was there that the exiled Choctaw chief retired with his family and a few adherents, near a bayou which discharges itself into the lake. From this circumstance this tract of land received, and still retains the appellation of Chef Menteur, or 'Lying Chief.'"



Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Chef menteur — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Chef menteur est un terme qui désigne des lieux géographiques en Louisiane et un historique particulier à l histoire de la Louisiane française. Sommaire 1 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Chef Menteur Bridge — Carries 2 lanes of US 90 Crosses Chef Menteur Pass Locale …   Wikipedia

  • Chef Menteur (band) — Chef Menteur is an instrumental rock band from New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States with heavy leanings towards the style of ambient music. It was formed in 1998 by Alec Vance (of Shinola) and Jim Yonkus, both of whom were looking to… …   Wikipedia

  • Chef Menteur Pass — View across Chef Menteur Pass with the Highway 90 Bridge The Chef Menteur Pass is a narrow natural waterway which, along with the Rigolets, connects Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne in New Orleans, Louisiana. It begins at …   Wikipedia

  • Chef menteur Highway — U.S. Route 90 U.S. Route 90 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Passe du Chef menteur — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Chef menteur. La passe du Chef menteur et le pont routier La Passe du Chef menteur (en anglais : Chef Menteur Pass), est une étroite voie navigable nature …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Pont du Chef menteur — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Chef menteur. 30°10′10″N 89°44′6″O / …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Menteur, Menteur — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Menteur. Menteur, menteur Réalisation Tom Shadyac Acteurs principaux Jim Carrey Maura Tierney Justin Cooper Jennifer Tilly An …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Menteur menteur — Menteur, menteur Pour les articles homonymes, voir Menteur. Menteur, menteur Réalisation Tom Shadyac Acteurs principaux Jim Carrey Maura Tierney Justin Cooper Jennifer Tilly An …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Menteur ! — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Menteur. Menteur ! (titre original : Liar) est une nouvelle d Isaac Asimov publiée en mai 1941 dans Astounding Science Fiction. Elle a été reprise dans de nombreux recueils dont Nous les robots et… …   Wikipédia en Français