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En Français: Acadian History & Culture

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LPB’s entire En Français series, which aired from 1980-1993, is now freely available for streaming here on the LDMA thanks to a Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.  The series was produced in conjunction with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and is the only original LPB series broadcast entirely in French.  You can view the entire series here.

This month, we’re showcasing stories related to Acadian history and culture.  These videos focus on multiple aspects of Cajun culture ranging from art, music, and religion to humor, food, and community celebrations.


Jasper Manuel Interview on Courir de Mardi Gras


Courir de Mardi Gras (1982)

See an interview with Jasper Manual and Dale Cormier discussing the events surrounding a traditional Cajun Mardi Gras in Mamou.




Cajun Artist Floyd Sonnier


Artist Floyd Sonnier (1982)

Watch an interview with Cajun artist Floyd Sonnier, a pen and ink artist whose drawings depict Cajun scenes.




Interview on History of the Acadians


History of the Acadians (1983)

Learn more about the history and geography of the Acadians with Dr. Claude Oubre and Paul Martin.



Bec Doux creator


Bec Doux Comic Strip (1983)

View an interview with Earl Comeaux and Ken Meaux of Kaplan, the creators of a Cajun comic strip called Bec Doux.



Band playing at Festivals Acadiens in 1983


Festivals Acadiens (1983)

Take in the sights and sounds of Festivals Acadiens in Lafayette, including the music, food, and arts and crafts.



Jack Miller of Jack Miller's BBQ Sauce in Ville Platte


Jack Miller’s BBQ Sauce (1984)

Enjoy an interview with Jack Miller during a visit to the production facilities for Jack Miller’s Barbeque Sauce in Ville Platte.



Atchafalaya Basin Boat Tour


Atchafalaya Basin Tour (1984)

Tag along on a boat tour of the Atchafalaya Basin with Dwight Angelle from Whiskey River Landing in Henderson.



St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church in St. Martinville


St. Martin de Tours (1984)

Learn more about the history of St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church in St. Martinville, the third oldest church in Louisiana.



Cajun storyteller Tonisse Faul


Les Reconteurs (1985)

Enjoy the stories of two Cajun storytellers, Tonisse Faul of Sunset and Joseph Chaillot of Crowley.



Three women holding acadian flag


An Acadian Odyssey (1985)

Watch a documentary that retraces the journey of the exiled Acadians in France prior to their 1785 migration to Louisiana.





And be sure to check out our past En Français blog posts on Cajun music and Le Théâtre ‘Cadien!

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This project is supported by a Recordings at Risk Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).  The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.