Gumbo Ya-Ya: Folk Tales of Louisiana

Gumbo Ya-Ya: Folk Tales of Louisiana

by Robert Tallant, Lyle Saxon, Edward Dreyer
     
 

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The living folklore of Louisiana returns in this new edition of the classic Gumbo Ya-Ya. Long considered the finest collection of Louisiana folk tales and customs, Gumbo Ya-Ya chronicles the stories and legends that have emerged from the bayou country. Meet the Krewe of Zulu, New Orleans' most colorful all-black Carnival club, and the many tribes of Indians who help…  See more details below

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The living folklore of Louisiana returns in this new edition of the classic Gumbo Ya-Ya. Long considered the finest collection of Louisiana folk tales and customs, Gumbo Ya-Ya chronicles the stories and legends that have emerged from the bayou country. Meet the Krewe of Zulu, New Orleans' most colorful all-black Carnival club, and the many tribes of Indians who help celebrate Mardi Gras with their fierce pageantry.
Listen to the street criers entice customers to buy their goods. Produce peddlers hawk watermelon, cantaloupe, snap and butter beans, and strawberries. The charcoal man sells fuel to stoke the wash-day fires, while the kindling man offers to saw two cords for a dollar and dinner. Zabette and Rose Gla dispense the choicest coffee available in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The bottle man collects old bottles, rags, and bones, driving a hard bargain with the children who expect handfuls of peppermints, whistles, horns, and rattles for their hoards of treasure.
All aspects of society are detailed in this wonderful album of Louisiana tradition: the Vieux Carr Creoles, with their strict codes of family honor; the burly Irish Channel immigrants; the lively Italians who still honor St. Joseph and St. Rosalia with all the pomp of the Old Country; and the fun-loving Cajuns, with their curious family names and spirited fais do do.
There's no escaping superstition and voodoo in Louisiana. Several sections explain the customs and beliefs that have sprung up over the centuries. Always burn onion peels to ensure a steady supply of money. Sprinkle nutmeg in a woman's left shoe every night at midnight to drive her crazy. Kiss your elbow to change your sex. Gumbo Ya-Ya ( Everybody Talks at Once ) is a charming look at the legends and practices of Louisiana, particularly New Orleans. Originally written as part of the WPA's Louisiana Writers' Program, it has endured as a classic of its genre and is again available in a beautiful Pelican edition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882896458
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1987
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
597,874
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Tallant (1909-57), one of Louisiana's best-known authors, participated in the WPA Writers Project during the 1930s and 1940s. Besides Mardi Gras . . . As It Was , Tallant also wrote Voodoo in New Orleans , The Voodoo Queen , and The Pirate Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans , all published by Pelican. With Lyle Saxon and Edward Dreyer he coauthored the famous Pelican collection Gumbo Ya-Ya: Folk Tales of Louisiana .

Lyle Saxon (1891-1946) ranks among Louisiana's most outstanding writers. During the 1920s and 1930s he was the central figure in the region's literary community, and was widely known as a raconteur and bon vivant. In addition to Father Mississippi , Lafitte the Pirate ($14.95 pb), and Children of Strangers ($12.95 pb) , he also wrote Fabulous New Orleans ($12.95 pb), Old Louisiana ($12.95 pb), The Friends of Joe Gilmore ($15.95 pb (F)) , and was a co-author of Gumbo Ya-Ya ($17.95 pb) with Edward Dreyer and Robert Tallant. During the Depression, he directed the state WPA Writers Project, which produced the WPA Guide to Louisiana and the WPA Guide to New Orleans.

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