Cajun Country

Cajun Country

Cajun Country

Cajun Country

Synopsis

The first book in the Folklife in the South series and by far the broadest look at traditional Cajun culture ever assembled. It not only describes the traditions as they are but also explains how they came to be.

Excerpt

Folklife, a familiar concept in European scholarship for over a century, is the sum of a community's traditional forms of expression and behavior. It has claimed the attention of American folklorists since the 1950s. Each volume in the Folklife in the South Series focuses on the shared traditions that link people with their past and provide meaning and continuity for them in the present, and sets these traditions in the social contexts in which they flourish. Prepared by recognized scholars in various academic disciplines, these volumes are designed to be read separately. Each contains a vivid description of the traditional cultural elements--ethnic and mainstream, rural and urban--of a geographic area that, in concert with other recognizable southern regions, lend a unique interpretation to the complex social structure of the South.

Cajun Country, the first in the Folklife in the South Series, is by far the broadest survey of traditional Cajun culture ever assembled. While other books have treated specific aspects of Louisiana Cajun life, this one examines a variety of the cultural elements alive today, including cooking, music, storytelling, architecture, arts and crafts, and traditional occupations such as fishing, hunting, and trapping. It not only describes the traditions as they are but also explains how they came to be.

William Lynwood Montell SERIES EDITOR

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