This is the website for The Treasure Team by Mary van Rheenen. The Treasure Team is a work of fiction set in Sabine Parish, Louisiana, in the mid-1980's. Author Mary van Rheenen did anthropological fieldwork there first for the Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb and then for her master's thesis in anthropology from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
In The Treasure Team, the fictional characters of Jay and Amy Sepulvado team up with "Peppermint" Paddie and Jo Castie to search for treasure. As they gather clues, they also gather oral history from members of the wider the Zwolle-Ebarb community. The stories told are word-for-word from actual oral history collected by Van Rheenen and Janet Shoemaker. Through these stories, the reader—and the children of the Treasure Team—gain an understanding of this community's unique history and heritage. Care has been taken throughout the book to create totally fictional characters and to preserve the personal privacy of everyone who shared stories with Van Rheenen and Shoemaker. Mary van Rheenen hopes, in this way, to make these oral history tales available to many, many more.
The book is now available for purchase.