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Cajun orchestra at fais-do-do dance near Crowley, Louisiana

Cajun orchestra at fais-do-do dance near Crowley, Louisiana

October 1938. "Girls from the Cajun country at Raceland, Louisiana." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

October 1938. "Girls from the Cajun country at Raceland, Louisiana." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

The Cajuns – They came to Louisiana in the 1700s as French-speaking exiles, driven out of their homeland in Canada. Since then, their influence on music, food, and culture has spread throughout the state and the rest of the country.

The Cajuns – They came to Louisiana in the 1700s as French-speaking exiles, driven out of their homeland in Canada. Since then, their influence on music, food, and culture has spread throughout the state and the rest of the country.

1 negative : safety ; 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches or smaller.

1 negative : safety ; 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches or smaller.

The Acadians are first Canadian settlers originating from France who were deported out of their homes and off their land in Nova Scotia by British Soldiers in 1755. Some families were scattered deeper into Canada but most went south into Florida and Louisiana where the word Acadian was shortened to 'Cajun'. My family stems from one man who evaded capture. He was a frontiersman who built a log home along a river in New Brunswick near the Mi'kmaq people.

The Acadians are first Canadian settlers originating from France who were deported out of their homes and off their land in Nova Scotia by British Soldiers in 1755. Some families were scattered deeper into Canada but most went south into Florida and Louisiana where the word Acadian was shortened to 'Cajun'. My family stems from one man who evaded capture. He was a frontiersman who built a log home along a river in New Brunswick near the Mi'kmaq people.

vintage-musicians: “ Pic of Wayne Perry, Indian Bayou, LA, recorded by John Lomax for Library of Congress. Look how he holds his bow! Is he into it? (Source: LOC American Memory) ”

vintage-musicians: “ Pic of Wayne Perry, Indian Bayou, LA, recorded by John Lomax for Library of Congress. Look how he holds his bow! Is he into it? (Source: LOC American Memory) ”

This 1938 Louisiana rice festival was the most fun rice-related activity of the year

This 1938 Louisiana rice festival was the most fun rice-related activity of the year

NO FRENCH SPOKEN IN SCHOOL! Cajuns weren't allowed to speak French in Louisiana schools in the twentieth century. As a result, many (but not all) people from the next generation lost the spoken language. Very few young people grow up speaking Cajun French in their homes. Painting by George Rodrigue, titled "He Burt Yes, A Bear No"

NO FRENCH SPOKEN IN SCHOOL! Cajuns weren't allowed to speak French in Louisiana schools in the twentieth century. As a result, many (but not all) people from the next generation lost the spoken language. Very few young people grow up speaking Cajun French in their homes. Painting by George Rodrigue, titled "He Burt Yes, A Bear No"

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