Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country

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LSU Press, May 18, 2011 - Photography - 200 pages
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"Acadiana" summons up visions of a legendary and exotic world of moss-draped cypress, cocoa-colored bayous, subtropical wildlife, and spicy indigenous cuisine. The ancestral home of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish area of south Louisiana encompasses a broad range of people, places, and events. In their historical and pictorial tour of the region, author Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould explore in depth this fascinating and complex world.

As passionate documentarians of all things Cajun and Creole, Brasseaux and Gould delve into the topography, culture, and economy of Acadiana.

In two hundred color photographs of architecture, landscapes, wildlife, and artifacts, Gould portrays the rich history still visible in the area, while Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century story of settlement and development in the region. Brasseaux brings the story up to date, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.

From living-history attractions such as Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline State Park to music venues, festivals, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and vibrant way of life and presents a vivid portrait of a culture that continues to captivate, charm, and endure.

For all those who want to explore these people and this place, Brasseaux and Gould have provided an insightful written and visual history.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Pointe Coupée and Avoyelles Parishes
12
2 The German and Acadian Coasts
30
3 The LafourcheTerrebonne Area
46
4 The Upper Prairie Area
63
5 The Lower Prairie Area
83
6 A Different Evolutionary Trajectory 18651941
116
7 World War II to the Present
145
Selected Bibliography
183
Index
187
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About the author (2011)

A native of Acadiana, Carl A. Brasseaux is the author of more than thirty books on French North America. In June 2010, he retired as director of the Center for Louisiana Studies, director of the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism, director of the Press, professor of history, and managing editor of Louisiana History -- all at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Philip Gould is a freelance documentary/architecture photographer born in Massachusettsand raised in California's Bay Area who has made Louisiana his home and favorite subject since 1974. His photographs have been published in over a dozen books as well as periodicals from around the world.

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