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Cajun Mardi Gras Masks

Author : Carl Lindahl
ISBN : 0878059695
Genre : Art
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Every winter a handful of Cajun Louisiana folk artists assembles unlikely mixtures of material to shape masks for their Cajun Mardi Gras celebrations. They use window screens, chicken feathers, yarn, hair, Magic Markers, and hot glue as they create fanciful, even bizarre masks that will be worn just one day in the year. Such creations transform their wearers into wild revelers who move through the countryside singing, dancing, and begging for money and food. As they generate merriment, they climb trees, chase chickens, and create a general and playful havoc. Cajun Mardi Gras celebrants are unlike their counterparts in New Orleans, where masked revelers ride through the streets on floats or parade serenely through ballrooms. The masked country Cajuns engage in rousing, physically energetic performances as they cavort through the countryside. Out of necessity their captivating masks combine the ingredients of durability, shock value, and allure with age-old folk patterns and innovations from contemporary culture. Here is a study of the Cajun Mardi Gras tradition and its manifestation in the work of six of the most creative and popular folk artists in two rural communities. Potic Rider and the Moreau and LeBlue families represent the male maskmaking traditions of Basile, Louisiana. Suson Launey, Renee Fruge, and Jackie Miller portray the female role in festivities held in the rural region of Tee Mamou. As the communities celebrate, their masks become an intrinsic component of the annual rites. This book introduces the artists, the performances, and processes of creating the fantastical masks.

Cajun Women And Mardi Gras

Author : Carolyn Ware
ISBN : 9780252073779
Genre : Social Science
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How Cajun women have creatively refashioned the tradition of rural Mardi Gras runs

Working The Field

Author : Jacques M. Henry
ISBN : 0897898362
Genre : Social Science
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This book presents a collective reflection on the methodological issues faced by social scientists doing qualitative research in a modern complex society. The findings challenge the popular view of French Louisiana as a well-defined geographical or cultural entity and illustrate how it is in fact a changing and diverse reality constructed by those who participate in it.

Signifying Serpents And Mardi Gras Runners

Author : R. Celeste Ray
ISBN : 082032471X
Genre : Social Science
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These case studies explore how competing interests among the keepers of a community's heritage shape how that community both regards itself and reveals itself to others. As editors Celeste Ray and Luke Eric Lassiter note in their introduction, such stakeholders are no longer just of the community itself, but are now often "outsiders"--tourists, the mass media, and even anthropologists and folklorists. The setting of each study is a different marginalized community in the South. Arranged around three themes that have often surfaced in debates about public folklore and anthropology over the last two decades, the studies consider issues of representation, identity, and practice. One study of representation discusses how Appalachian Pentecostal serpent handlers try to reconcile their exotic popular image with their personal religious beliefs. A case study on identity tells why a segment of the Cajun population has appropriated the term "coonass," once widely considered derogatory. Essays on practice look at an Appalachian Virginia coal town and Snee Farm, a National Heritage Site in lowland South Carolina. Both pieces reveal how dynamic and contradictory views of community life can be silenced in favor of producing a more easily consumable vision of a "past." Signifying Serpents and Mardi Gras Runners offers challenging new insights into some of the roles that the media, tourism, and charismatic community members can play when a community compromises its heritage or even denies it.

The New Encyclopedia Of Southern Culture

Author : Carol Crown
ISBN : 9781469607993
Genre : Reference
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Folk art is one of the American South's most significant areas of creative achievement, and this comprehensive yet accessible reference details that achievement from the sixteenth century through the present. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture explores the many forms of aesthetic expression that have characterized southern folk art, including the work of self-taught artists, as well as the South's complex relationship to national patterns of folk art collecting. Fifty-two thematic essays examine subjects ranging from colonial portraiture, Moravian material culture, and southern folk pottery to the South's rich quilt-making traditions, memory painting, and African American vernacular art, and 211 topical essays include profiles of major folk and self-taught artists in the region.

Mimi And Jean Paul S Cajun Mardi Gras

Author : Couvillon, Alice
ISBN : 1455608882
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Mimi visits her cousin Jean-Paul during the celebration of Cajun Mardi Gras in Louisiana.

Louisiana History

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ISBN : UVA:X006106906
Genre : Louisiana
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Accordions Fiddles Two Step Swing

Author : Ryan A. Brasseaux
ISBN : UCSC:32106018880416
Genre : Music
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A sweeping overview of Cajun music from early studies to the present.

North Carolina Folklore Journal

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105123031606
Genre : Folklore
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St Landry Parish

Author : Philip Andrepont, Patrick Morrow, and Warren A. Perrin
ISBN : 9781467110709
Genre : History
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St. Landry Parish, one of the oldest European settlements in Louisiana, has a fascinating history and culture. By the 15th century, the Appalousa Indians were known to be in residence. In 1720, the French established le Poste des Opelousas. Traditionally an area of settlement by French Creoles and Acadians, the parish was named for St. Landry, an early bishop of Paris. In the late 1700s, les gens de couleur libres (free people of color) began arriving to take advantage of Spanish land grants. Soon, the government post developed into a commercial center. In the present-day parish, Native American, European, African, and Acadian cultures have melded for almost three centuries to produce world-famous zydeco music, great food, and welcoming people. It celebrates its heritage at the Creole Heritage Folklife Center, one of the destinations on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

Songs Of The Reconstructing South

Author : Suzanne Disheroon Green
ISBN : UOM:39015055106630
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The South has a rich cultural legacy and that of Louisiana is especially strong and diverse. Despite its similarities with the rest of the South, Louisiana has a distinct cultural identity rooted in the colonial impulses of France and Spain, the evolution of gender roles, the importance of religion, and the dramatic shift in racial politics after the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. This book explores the influences at work on Louisiana writers and those writing about Louisiana from the end of the Civil War through World War II. Included are chapters on such writers as Lafcadio Hearn, Kate Chopin, Tennessee Williams, and William Faulkner. These are grouped in sections devoted to three of the broadest influences on writers of the era: women, work, and culture during Reconstruction; the impact of Modernism; and issues of race and class.

Louisiana Folklore Miscellany

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ISBN : IND:30000028641060
Genre : Folklore
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The Cumulative Book Index

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ISBN : UOM:39015058373922
Genre : American literature
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Cajun French English English Cajun French Dictionary Phrasebook

Author : Clint Bruce
ISBN : 0781809150
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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Presents 3,800 terms in English and Cajun French and includes a historical overview of Cajun French, frequently asked questions about the language, a pronunciation guide, basic grammar, and essential phrases.

The Grace Of Four Moons

Author : Pravina Shukla
ISBN : IND:30000122967601
Genre : Social Science
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Because clothing, food, and shelter are basic human needs, they provide excellent entries to cultural values and individual aesthetics. Everyone gets dressed every day, but body art has not received the attention it deserves as the most common and universal of material expressions of culture. The Grace of Four Moons aims to document the clothing decisions made by ordinary people in their everyday lives. Based on fieldwork conducted primarily in the city of Banaras, India, Pravina Shukla conceptualizes and realizes a total model for the study of body art—understood as all aesthetic modifications and supplementations to the body. Shukla urges the study of the entire process of body art, from the assembly of raw materials and the manufacture of objects, through their sale and the interactions between merchants and consumers, to the consumer's use of objects in creating personal decoration.

Arkansas Review

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105113215359
Genre : American fiction
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The New Encyclopedia Of Southern Culture

Author : Glenn Hinson
ISBN : 9780807898550
Genre : Reference
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Southern folklife is the heart of southern culture. Looking at traditional practices still carried on today as well as at aspects of folklife that are dynamic and emergent, contributors to this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examine a broad range of folk traditions. Moving beyond the traditional view of folklore that situates it in historical practice and narrowly defined genres, entries in this volume demonstrate how folklife remains a vital part of communities' self-definitions. Fifty thematic entries address subjects such as car culture, funerals, hip-hop, and powwows. In 56 topical entries, contributors focus on more specific elements of folklife, such as roadside memorials, collegiate stepping, quinceanera celebrations, New Orleans marching bands, and hunting dogs. Together, the entries demonstrate that southern folklife is dynamically alive and everywhere around us, giving meaning to the everyday unfolding of community life.

Masks And Mumming In The Nordic Area

Author : Terry Gunnell
ISBN : IND:30000107659082
Genre : Disguise
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Celebrate The World

Author : Margaret Read MacDonald
ISBN : IND:30000042813125
Genre : Fiction
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A collection of folktales for use in programs celebrating holidays around the world offers tales from China, Japan, the Middle East, West Africa, the United States, and other areas

Program And Abstracts

Author : American Folklore Society. Annual Meeting
ISBN : IND:30000134302482
Genre : Folklore
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