By Shane K. Bernard
Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: a tender Reader's heritage strains the four-hundred-year background of this particular American ethnic workforce. whereas written in a layout understandable to junior-high and high-school scholars, it is going to turn out attractive and informative to boot to grownup readers looking a one-volume exploration of those notable humans and their predecessors. The narrative follows the Cajuns' early ancestors, the Acadians, from seventeenth-century France to Nova Scotia, the place they flourished till British squaddies expelled them in a sad occasion referred to as Le Grand Dérangement (The nice Upheaval)--an episode appeared by means of many historians to illustrate of ethnic detoxing or genocide. as much as one-half of the Acadian inhabitants died from affliction, hunger, publicity, or outright violence within the expulsion. approximately 3 thousand survivors journeyed during the 13 American colonies to Spanish-controlled Louisiana. There they resettled, intermarried with individuals of the neighborhood inhabitants, and advanced into the Cajun humans, who at the present time quantity over a half-million. seeing that their arrival in Louisiana, the Cajuns have constructed an unmistakable id and a powerful experience of ethnic delight. In fresh many years they've got contributed their unique food and accordion-and-fiddle dance song to American pop culture. Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: a tender Reader's background comprises a number of photos and over a dozen sidebars on subject matters starting from Cajun tune to Mardi Gras. Shane ok. Bernard is historian and curator of McIlhenny corporation, manufacturers of TABASCO® model pepper sauce, and Avery Island, Inc. he's the writer of Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues; The Cajuns: Americanization of a humans; and TABASCO®: An Illustrated historical past.
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Because upper- and middle-class Acadians abandoned their heritage in favor of French Creole and later Anglo-American Louisiana The interior of a typical Acadian home in Louisiana. From Margaret Avery Johnston, comp. , In Acadia (New Orleans: Hansell, 1893), 67. 39 society, the poor, rural French-speaking Acadians preserved the values and traditions of their pioneer ancestors. These values stressed self-reliance, closeness to the earth, respect for community elders, rejection of material wealth, and the importance of large, extended families.
In the process, they became the Cajuns, who as a result of this intermarriage possessed many non-Acadian surnames. These include French Creole names such as Fontenot, François, Picard, or Soileau; Spanish names such as Castille (also an Acadian surname), Dartez, Migues/Miguez, and Romero; German names such as Folse, Himel/Hymel, Schexnayder/Schexnaider, and Stelly; and Anglo and Scots-Irish names such as McGee, Miller, and Walker. Despite the various origins of Cajun names, the traditional language of the Cajuns remained French.
As with their homes, the Acadian exiles adapted their clothing to south Louisiana’s climate. In Nova Scotia, the Acadians had often used wool to make their clothes, but south Louisiana had few sheep, and the region was far too hot to wear wool. So the exiles began to make their clothes from cotton, which was not only cooler but grew abundantly in their new homeland. And although they continued to wear Indian-style moccasins, as they had in Acadia, many exiles learned to go barefoot in the region’s almost year-round warm weather.
Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader's History by Shane K. Bernard