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D.L. Menard (2004)

Gumb-Oh! La! La!



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Erath, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Tele-Vision 84, Inc.

Date Issued: 2004-02-29

Duration: 00:27:00

Subjects: Cajun French dialect | Cajun culture | French language | Council for the Development of French in Louisiana | Carpentry | Acadians | Cajun music


  • Therio, Marie-Jo Host
  • Valcour, Dominique M. Producer
  • Menard, D.L. Interviewee
  • Bouillion, Mavely Speaker
  • LeBlanc, Relie Speaker


This episode of “Gumbo! La! La!” from February 29, 2004, explores Cajun French culture in Erath, Louisiana. Host Marie-Jo Therio discovers Cajun French heritage through the eyes and life experience of local South Louisiana residents. Marie-Jo speaks with D.L. Menard, a Cajun musician who is known as the “Cajun Hank Williams.” They discuss his rise to fame after writing and recording “La Porte d’en Arriere”, which many would call the Cajun National Anthem. They also discuss French language education throughout his childhood, Cajun history in Erath, Louisiana, and his carpentry business. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship.