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

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7
The Creole Tradition
MICHAEL TISSERAND

“Le plus ça change, le plus ça reste pareil.” The more things change the more they stay the same …

It was long past midnight in late 1965 when a station wagon, filled with laughing men, barreled down the narrow Railroad Avenue in Welsh, Louisiana. When Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot heard the commotion, he got out of bed and pulled his clothes on. “I knew there was something serious somewhere, ” he remembers.

Indeed there was. Fontenot watched as the car rolled to a stop in his driveway and his longtime musical partner, accordionist Alphonse “Bois-Sec” Ardoin, stepped out, followed by a man Fontenot didn't recognize: Ralph Rinzler, a trained folklorist who had come to Louisiana looking for performers for the 1966 Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island.

The party moved inside, and the musicians set up their instruments for an informal late night audition. Fontenot looked into Rinzler's eager face, and he couldn't help but recall a conversation he'd had not too long before with another friend, Clifton Chenier, by then a well-traveled zydeco bandleader.

“Where are you working tonight?” Chenier had asked.

“I ain't working nowhere, ” replied the fiddler. “Man, it's eight years now I don't play. I done sold my stuff.”

Chenier wouldn't hear of this. “Aw man, you quit at the wrong time! You can't do that!”

“I done done it, ” replied Fontenot matter-of-factly.

From Louisiana Cultural Vistas (Fall 1994): 20–29. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Zydeco - An Introduction to Louisiana Culture vii
  • Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Zydeco 1
  • 1 - Who's Fooling Whom? 3
  • References 14
  • 2 - Buffalo Bill and the Mardi Gras Indians 16
  • 3 - Worldview, Social Tension, and Carnival in New Orleans 26
  • Notes 40
  • 4 - Mardi Gras Chase 42
  • 5 - The New Orleans King Cake in Southwest Louisiana 48
  • Notes 57
  • 6 - Tradition and Innovation 59
  • References 69
  • 7 - The Creole Tradition 71
  • 8 - The Houmas Speak 80
  • 9 - Some Accounts of Witch Riding 89
  • Notes 101
  • 10 - Folk Veneration Among the Cajuns 103
  • Reference 120
  • 11 - Anti-Clerical Humor in French Louisiana 123
  • Notes 132
  • 12 - Cajuns and Crawfish in South Louisiana 134
  • Notes 148
  • 13 - Is It Cajun, or is It Creole? 150
  • Suggestions for Further Reading on Louisiana Culture 154
  • Notes on Contributors 156
  • Questions and Topics for Classroom Discussion and Writing Assignments 158
  • Index 171
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