Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Zydeco: Readings in Louisiana Culture

Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Zydeco: Readings in Louisiana Culture

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by Marcia Gaudet
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578065305

ISBN-13: 9781578065301

Pub. Date: 04/15/2003

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

The detectable identity of southern Louisiana's one-of-a-kind culture has been expressed in numerous descriptive phrases—"south of the South," "the northern tip of the Caribbean," "this folklore land." A strange, piquant, and savory mixture, it also has been likened to one of the region's signature dishes, gumbo.

Capturing this elusive culture and its

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The detectable identity of southern Louisiana's one-of-a-kind culture has been expressed in numerous descriptive phrases—"south of the South," "the northern tip of the Caribbean," "this folklore land." A strange, piquant, and savory mixture, it also has been likened to one of the region's signature dishes, gumbo.

Capturing this elusive culture and its charm has challenged many authors, anthropologists, and anthologists. Coming perhaps closest of any book yet published, this new anthology of readings affords reflections on southern Louisiana's distinctive traditions, folklore, and folklife. Crystalizing its rich diversity and character, these sharply focused essays are a precise introduction to aspects that too often are diffused in sundry discussions of general Deep South culture. Here, each is seen distinctly, precisely, and uniquely.

Written by leading scholars, the thirteen essays focus on many subjects, including the celebration of Mardi Gras and of Christmas, Louisiana foodways, the delineation between Cajun and Creole, the African Americans and Native Americans of the region, Zydeco music, and Cajun humor.

The essays show great range and are reprinted from hard-to-find publications. They include a description of Cajun Country Mardi Gras on the prairies of southwestern Louisiana, an analysis of the social implications of the New Orleans Mardi Gras parades, a study of the Houma Indians of coastal Louisiana, and an analysis of the devotion given to a young Cajun girl whom many regard as a saint.

Collected here, the essays portray a land and a people that are unlike any other.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578065301
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Zydeco: An Introduction to Louisiana Culture
Ch. 1Mardi Gras and the Media: Who's Fooling Whom?3
Ch. 2Buffalo Bill and the Mardi Gras Indians16
Ch. 3Every Man a King: Worldview, Social Tension, and Carnival in New Orleans26
Ch. 4Mardi Gras Chase42
Ch. 5The New Orleans King Cake in Southwest Louisiana48
Ch. 6Christmas Bonfires in South Louisiana: Tradition and Innovation59
Ch. 7The Creole Tradition71
Ch. 8Hidden Nation: The Houmas Speak80
Ch. 9Some Accounts of Witch Riding89
Ch. 10Charlene Richard: Folk Veneration among the Cajuns103
Ch. 11Ote Voir Ta Sacree Soutane: Anti-Clerical Humor in French Louisiana123
Ch. 12The Social and Symbolic Uses of Ethnic/Regional Foodways: Cajuns and Crawfish in South Louisiana134
Ch. 13Is It Cajun, or Is It Creole?150
Suggestions for Further Reading on Louisiana Culture154
Notes on Contributors156
Questions and Topics for Classroom Discussion and Writing Assignments158
Index171

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