Ancelet, Barry Jean. Cajun country

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Part One History

Chapter 1 Origins

Acadians In France

The Acadians In Nova Scotia

Acadian Settlement Patterns In Acadia/nova Scotia

Le Grand Dérangement

Acadian Settlement In Louisiana, 1764-1800

Governmental Support For The Acadians

Farm Layout

Chapter 2 Settlement And Society

The River Settlements

The Prairies

The Prairie Settlements

The Coastal Wetlands


Chapter 3 Acadian Folklife

Creoles And Creolization

The Origins Of Acadian Ethnic Identity

The Institutions Of Nineteenth-century Cajun Society



Tools And Implements

Social Gatherings



Bals De Maison And Salles De Danse


Coups De Main



Occupational Folklife






Boat Building

Instrument Making

Fiber Crafts

From Blacksmiths And Farriers To Metalworkers And Mechanics

The Transformation Of Tradition

Part Two Social Institutions

Chapter 4 Family Organization

The Central Role Of The Wife/mother

The Extended Family And The Foie De Vivre

The Role Of The Male


The Role Of Religion

The Modern Cajun Household


Chapter 5 Religious Rituals And Festivals

Mardi Gras

Chapter 6 Folk Medicine

The Functions Of Cajun Folk Medicine

The Classes Of Cajun Folk Medicine

Interpretation Of Acadian Folk Cures

Chapter 7 Folk Law And Fustice


Hunting, Fishing, And Trapping Rights

Folk Justice

Part Three Material Culture

Chapter 8 Folk Architecture

First-generation Acadian Houses (palmetto, Ca. 1765-1795)

The Second-generation Acadian Cottage ( Poteaux En Terre , Ca. 1766-1827)

Third-generation Acadian Houses (timber Frame, Ca. 1790-1850)

The Creole Architecture Of Louisiana

The Fourth-generation Acadian House (creole Style, Ca. 1790-1920)

Chapter 9 Foodways

Part Four Performance

Chapter 10 Music And Musical Instruments

Cajun Music

Cajun Instruments

Chapter 11 Games And Gaming



Chapter 12 Oral Traditions

Vestiges Of Early Oral Tradition

Animal Tales

Magic Tales

Active Oral Tradition


Tall Tales

“pascal” Stories

Legendary Stories

Experience Stories

The Language And Ethnicity Of Humor


Bibliographical Essay

Pre-acadian Louisiana History

The Acadian Migrations


Architecture And Furnishings

Wetlands Culture

Domestic Life



Oral Tradition

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Title: Cajun country

Published By: Jackson, Miss.: University Press of Mississippi, 1991. xxiv, 256 p.: ill., maps

By line: Barry Jean Ancelet, Jay D. Edwards, and Glen Pitre ; with additional material by Carl Brasseaux, ... [et al.]

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Cajuns (NO12)

Subjects: History and culture change (170); Total culture (180); Food preparation (252); Diet (262); Structures (340); Settlement patterns (361); Family (590); Games (524); Art (530); Sickness (750); Ritual (788); Ecclesiastical organization (790);

Abstract: This book provides a broad ethnographic survey of traditional Cajun culture, based on the five volume report entitled 'The Cajuns, Their History and Culture,' published in 1987. The work begins with an historical discussion of the founding and development of Acadia (now Nova Scotia), and of French Louisiana in the seventeenth century. This is followed by chapters describing other ethnic groups who mixed with the Acadian exiles and became Cajuns. An overview of traditional Acadian folklife is presented as background for further discussion on more specific and contemporary issues. Topics included in this work are: family, religion, folk-medicine, folk-law, architecture, foodways, music and musical instruments, games, and oral literary traditions. The conclusion synthesizes the material presented in the various chapters in the book, followed by a bibliographical essay listing the major works used in this study (pp. xviii-xxiv).

Document Number: 1

Document ID: no12-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [241]-249) and index

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologist, Indigene, Geographer-4,5

Analyst: John Beierle, 1993

Coverage Date: variable

Coverage Place: Louisiana, United States

LCSH: Cajuns


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