Acadians-Creoles or Cajuns (; or Les Cadiens or les Acadiens, ) are an ethnic group mainly living in the U.S. state of Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles (French-speakers from Acadia in what are now The Maritimes). Today, the Acadian Creoles make up a significant portion of south Louisiana’s population and have exerted an enormous impact on the state’s culture. While Lower Louisiana had been settled by French colonists since the late 17th century, the Cajuns trace their roots to the influx of Acadian settlers after the Great Expulsion from their homeland during the French and English hostilities prior to the Seven Years’ War (1756 to 1763). The Acadia region to which modern Cajuns trace their origin consisted largely of what are now [[Nova Scotia]] and the other [[Maritime provinces]], plus parts of eastern [[Quebec]] and northern [[Maine]]. Since their establishment in Louisiana the Cajuns have developed their own dialect, [[Cajun French]], and developed a vibrant culture including [[folkways (sociology)|folkways]], [[Cajun music|music]], and [[Cajun cuisine|cuisine]]. The [[Acadiana|Acadiana region]] is heavily associated with them. ==Acadia== The origin of the designation [[Acadia]] is credited to the explorer [[Giovanni da Verrazzano]], commissioned by the King [[Francis I of France]], who on his 16th century map applied the ancient Greek name “[[Arcadia]]” to the entire Atlantic coast north of [[Virginia]]. “[[Arcadia (utopia)|Arcadia]]” derives from the [[Arcadia|Arcadia district]] in Greece which since [[Classical antiquity]] had the extended meanings of “refuge” or “idyllic place”. The ”Dictionary of Canadian Biography” says: “In the 17th century [[Samuel de Champlain|Champlain]] fixed its present orthography, with the ‘r’ omitted, and (the Canadian historian) [[William Francis Ganong|W.F.Ganong]] has shown its gradual progress northwards, in a succession of maps, to its resting place in the Atlantic Provinces.” ==Ethnic group of national origin== The Cajuns retain a unique dialect of the French language and numerous other cultural traits that distinguish them as an ethnic group. Cajuns were officially recognized by the U.S. government as a national ethnic group in 1980 per a discrimination lawsuit filed in federal district court. Presided over by Judge Edwin Hunter, the case, known as ”Roach v. Dresser Industries Valve and Instrument Division” (494 F.Supp. 215, D.C. La., 1980), hinged on the issue of the Cajuns’ ethnicity: {{quote|We conclude that plaintiff is protected by [[Title VII]]’s ban on national origin discrimination. The Louisiana Acadian (Cajun) is alive and well. He is “up front” and “main stream.” He is not asking for any special treatment. By affording coverage under the “national origin” clause of Title VII he is afforded no special privilege. He is given only the same protection as those with English, Spanish, French, Iranian, Portuguese, Mexican, Italian, Irish, et al., ancestors.}} ==History of Acadian ancestors== {{See also|Acadians|New France|Expulsion of the Acadians}} The British [[Siege of Port Royal (1710)|Conquest of French Acadia]] happened in 1710. Over the next forty-five years, the Acadians refused to sign an unconditional oath of allegiance to Britain. During this period, Acadians participated in various militia operations against the British and maintained vital supply lines to the French Fortress of [[Louisbourg]] and [[Fort Beausejour]]. During the [[French and Indian War]] (part of the Seven Years’ War and known by that name in Canada and Europe), the British sought to neutralize the Acadian military threat and to interrupt their vital supply lines to Louisbourg by [[Expulsion of the Acadians|deporting Acadians]] from Acadia. During 1755-1763 [[Acadia]] consisted of parts of present-day Canada: [[Nova Scotia]], [[New Brunswick]], [[Prince Edward Island]] and the [[Gaspe Peninsula]] in the province of [[Quebec]]. The deportation of the Acadians has become known as the [[Great Upheaval]] or ”Le Grand Dérangement”. The Acadians’ migration from Canada was spurred by the [[Treaty of Paris (1763)]] which ended the war. The treaty terms provided 18 months for unrestrained emigration. Many Acadians moved to the region of the [[Atakapa]] in present-day Louisiana, often travelling via the French Colony of Saint-Domingue (present day [[Haiti]]). [[Joseph Broussard]] led the first group of 200 Acadians to arrive in Louisiana on February 27, 1765 aboard the ”Santo Domingo”. On April 8, 1765, he was appointed militia captain and commander of the “Acadians of the Atakapas” region in [[St. Martinville, Louisiana|St. Martinville]]. Some of the settlers wrote to their family scattered around the Atlantic to encourage them to join them at New Orleans. For example, Jean-Baptiste Semer, wrote to his father in France: {{quote|My dear father […] you can come here boldly with my dear mother and all the other Acadian families. They will always be better off than in France. There are neither duties nor taxes to pay and the more one works, the more one earns without doing harm to anyone.|Jean-Baptiste Semer, 1766}} The Acadians were scattered throughout the eastern seaboard. Families were split and put on ships with different destinations. Many ended up west of the [[Mississippi River]] in what was then [[French colonization of the Americas|French-colonized]] Louisiana, including territory as far north as [[the Dakotas|Dakota territory]]. France had ceded the colony to [[Spanish colonization of the Americas|Spain in 1762]], prior to their defeat by Britain and two years before the first Acadians began settling in Louisiana. The interim French officials provided land and supplies to the new settlers. The Spanish governor, [[Bernardo de Gálvez]], later proved to be hospitable, permitting the Acadians to continue to speak their language, practice their native religion ([[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholicism]] – which was also the official religion of Spain), and otherwise pursue their livelihoods with minimal interference. Some families and individuals did travel north through the Louisiana territory to set up homes as far north as [[Wisconsin]]. Cajuns fought in the [[American Revolution]]. Although they fought for Spanish General Galvez, their contribution to the winning of the war has been recognized. “Galvez leaves New Orleans with an army of Spanish regulars and the Louisiana militia made up of 600 Cajun volunteers and captures the British strongholds of [[Capture of Fort Bute|Fort Bute]] at [[Bayou Manchac]], across from the Acadian settlement at St. Gabriel. And on September 21, they attack and [[Battle of Baton Rouge (1779)|capture Baton Rouge]].” A review of participating soldiers shows many common Cajun names among those who fought in the battles of Baton Rouge and West Florida. The Galvez Chapter of the [[Daughters of the American Revolution]] was formed in memory of those soldiers. The Acadians’ joining the fight against the British was partially a reaction to the British having evicted them from Acadia. The Spanish colonial government settled the earliest group of Acadian exiles west of New Orleans, in what is now south-central Louisiana—an area known at the time as Attakapas, and later the center of the [[Acadiana]] region. As Brasseaux wrote, “The oldest of the pioneer communities . . . Fausse Point, was established near present-day [[Loreauville]] by late June 1765.” The Acadians shared the swamps, bayous and prairies with the ”[[Attakapa]]” and ”[[Chitimacha]]” [[Native Americans in the United States|Native American]] tribes. After the end of the [[American Revolutionary War]], about 1,500 more Acadians arrived in New Orleans. About 3,000 Acadians had been deported to France during the Great Upheaval. In 1785 about 1,500 were authorized to emigrate to Louisiana, often to be reunited with their families, or because they could not settle in France. Living in a relatively isolated region until the early 20th century, Cajuns today are largely assimilated into the mainstream society and culture. Some Cajuns live in communities outside of Louisiana. Also, some people identify themselves as ”Cajun” culturally despite lacking Acadian ancestry. {{details|:History of the Acadians}} ==Ethnic mixing and alternate origins== Not all Cajuns descend solely from Acadian exiles who settled in south Louisiana in the 18th century, as many have intermarried with other groups. Their members now include people with ancestry of British, Spanish, Basque; as well as a lesser extent; German and Italian. There is also a lesser admixture of [[Métis|Native American Métis]] and [[Louisiana Creole people|African American Creole]]. Historian Carl A. Brasseaux asserted that it was this process of intermarriage that created the Cajuns in the first place. Non-Acadian French [[Louisiana Creole people|Creole]]s in rural areas were absorbed into Cajun communities. Some Cajun parishes, such as [[Evangeline Parish|Evangeline]] and [[Avoyelles Parish|Avoyelles]], possess relatively few inhabitants of Acadian origin. Their populations descend in many cases from settlers who migrated to the region from [[Quebec]], [[Mobile, Alabama|Mobile]], or directly from [[France]]. Theirs is regarded as the purest dialect of French spoken within Acadiana. Regardless, it is generally acknowledged that Acadian influences have prevailed in most sections of south Louisiana. Many Cajuns also have ancestors who were not French. Many of the original settlers in French Acadia were [[English people|English]], [[Basque people|Spanish Basques]], [[Spanish people|Spanish]] [[Isleños|Canary Islanders]] colonists. A later migration included [[Irish people|Irish]], [[German people|German]], and [[Italian people|Italian]] immigrants who began to settle in Louisiana before and after the [[Louisiana Purchase]], particularly on the [[German Coast]] along the [[Mississippi River]] north of [[New Orleans]]. People of [[Latin American]] origin, a number of early [[Filipino people|Filipino]] settlers (notably in [[Saint Malo (Louisiana)|Saint Malo, Louisiana]]), known as “[[Manilamen]],” from the annual cross-[[Pacific Ocean|Pacific]] [[Galleon]] or [[Manila Galleon]] trade with neighboring [[Acapulco, Mexico]], descendants of [[African American]] slaves, and some [[Cuban American]]s have also settled along the [[Gulf of Mexico|Gulf Coast]] and, in some cases, intermarried into Cajun families. [[Anglo|Anglo-American]] settlers in the region often were assimilated into Cajun communities, especially those who arrived before the English language became predominant in southern Louisiana. One obvious result of this cultural mixture is the variety of surnames that are common among the Cajun population. Surnames of the original Acadian settlers (which are documented) have been augmented by French and non-French family names that have become part of Cajun communities. The spelling of many family names has changed over time. (See, for example, ”[[Eaux]])”. {{Citation needed|date=February 2007}} ==Modern preservation and renewed connections== During the early part of the 20th century, attempts were made to suppress Cajun culture by measures such as forbidding the use of the Cajun French language in schools. After the Compulsory Education Act forced Cajun children to attend formal schools, American teachers threatened, punished, and sometimes beat their Cajun students in an attempt to force them to use English (a language many of them had not been exposed to before). During [[World War II]], Cajuns often served as French interpreters for American forces in France; this helped to overcome prejudice. In 1968 the organization of [[Council for the Development of French in Louisiana]] (CODOFIL) was founded to preserve the French language in Louisiana. Besides advocating for their legal rights, Cajuns also recovered ethnic pride and appreciation for their ancestry. Since the mid-1950s, relations between the Cajuns of the U.S. [[Gulf Coast]] and Acadians in the [[Maritimes]] and [[New England]] have been renewed, forming an Acadian identity common to Louisiana, New England, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. State Senator [[Dudley LeBlanc]] (“Coozan Dud”, a Cajun slang nickname for “Cousin Dudley”) took a group of Cajuns to Nova Scotia in 1955 for the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the expulsion. The [[Acadian World Congress|Congrès Mondial Acadien]], a large gathering of Acadians and Cajuns held every five years since 1994, is another example of continued unity. Sociologists Jacques Henry and Carl L. Bankston III have maintained that the preservation of Cajun ethnic identity is a result of the social class of Cajuns. During the 18th and 19th century, “Cajuns” came to be identified as the French-speaking rural people of Southwestern Louisiana. Over the course of the 20th century, the descendants of these rural people became the working class of their region. This change in the social and economic circumstances of families in Southwestern Louisiana created nostalgia for an idealized version of the past. Henry and Bankston point out that “Cajun”, which was formerly considered an insulting term, became a term of pride among Louisianans by the beginning of the 21st-century. ==Edwin W. Edwards, Constitution of 1974== Perhaps the greatest proponent and catalyst for re-claiming Cajun and French history of Louisiana is four-term former Louisiana Governor [[Edwin Edwards]]. Selected recently to serve as Honorary Chair of the Eighteenth Century Louisiana panel of the academic Enlightenment Conference in Montréal, the former Governor in a video address said “One of the legacies of which I am most proud is Louisiana’s 1974 Constitution and its provision that the ‘right of the people to preserve, foster, and promote their respective historic linguistic and cultural origins is recognized.’” As the late LSU Law Center professor Lee Hargrave wrote, in reference to the protection of cultural heritage, “Proponents of the section were primarily Francophones concerned with the protection of the French Acadian culture. Representatives of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana appeared before the committee several times to urge some recognition of cultural rights, and delegates from Lafayette and Lake Charles worked strongly for the proposal.” Montréal panelist and New Orleans Créole historian Jari Honora explained that Edwards “is a perfect commentator for this panel given his advocacy for Louisiana’s Francophone cultural communities during his four terms as governor. After several decades of ‘Americanization’ and suppression of French language and culture in Louisiana, Governor Edwards’ conscious self -identification as an Acadian descendant marked a high-point for the Cajun/Creole cultural renaissance in this state.” ==Culture== ===Geography=== {{Main|Acadiana}} Geography had a strong correlation to Cajun lifestyles. Most Cajuns resided in [[Acadiana]], where their descendants are still predominant. Cajun populations today are found also in the area southwest of [[New Orleans, Louisiana|New Orleans]] and scattered in areas adjacent to the [[French Louisiana]] region, such as to the north in [[Alexandria, Louisiana]]. Over the years, many Creoles and Cajuns also migrated to the [[Beaumont–Port Arthur metropolitan area|Beaumont and Port Arthur area]] of [[Southeast Texas]], in especially large numbers as they followed oil-related jobs in the 1970s and 1980s, when oil companies moved jobs from Louisiana to Texas. However, the city of [[Lafayette, Louisiana|Lafayette]] is referred to as “The Heart of Acadiana” because of its location, and it is a major center of Cajun culture. ===Music=== {{Main|Cajun music}} Cajun music is evolved from its roots in the music of the French-speaking Catholics of Canada. In earlier years the [[Musical styles (violin)#Fiddle|fiddle]] was the predominant instrument, but gradually the [[accordion]] has come to share the limelight. Cajun music gained national attention in 2007, when the [[Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album]] category was created. {{details|:Music of Louisiana}} ===Cuisine=== {{Main|Cajun cuisine}} Due to the Great Derangement, many Acadians were forced into certain zones in Louisiana under Spanish rule. Unfamiliar with the terrain, they largely assimilated the Creole cuisine and food traditions. This distinction is based mostly on encounters with the cuisines as encountered in eateries in New Orleans. Outside the city, Creoles and Cajuns often intermingle socially and culturally, and chances are that the cooking of Creoles living in [[Lawtell, Louisiana|Lawtell]] for example, have more in common with each other than the Creole dishes of a Lawtell resident and one from [[Isle Brevelle]]. Both cuisines tend to focus on local ingredients like locally available wild game (e.g., duck, rabbit), vegetables (e.g., [[okra]], [[Chayote|mirlitons]]), and grain (e.g., rice), which is where they remain distinctive, since many of these ingredients have never truly entered American mainstream cuisine and thus were available to displace local traditions. Since many Cajuns were farmers and not especially wealthy, they were known for not wasting any part of a butchered animal. They learned ”Cracklins” from the Creoles, which are a popular snack made by frying pork skins or fat and [[boudin]] is created from the ground-up leftover parts of a hog after the best meat is taken, which is mixed with cooked rice. It is usually formed into a sausage, but can also be rolled in a ball and deep-fried called a boudin ball. ===Language=== {{Main|Cajun French}} Cajun French is a misnomer for the French that was spoken before the Acadians arrived. It is a [[Variety (linguistics)|variety]] or [[dialect]] of the [[French language]] spoken primarily in Louisiana. At one time there were as many as seven dialects spread across the Cajun Heartland. Recent documentation has been made of [[Cajun English]], a French-influenced dialect of English spoken by Cajuns, either as a second language, in the case of the older members of the community, or as a first language by younger Cajuns. {{details|: List of Louisiana parishes by French-speaking population}} ===Religious traditions=== Cajuns are predominantly [[Roman Catholic]]. However, [[Protestant]] and [[Evangelicalism|Evangelical]] [[Christian]] denominations have made inroads among Cajuns, but not without controversy—some Cajuns frown upon family members converting to any form of Protestantism because of the extreme persecution the Cajuns were subjected to by Protestants during the [[Great Expulsion]] of 1755, and throughout their history for maintaining their Catholicism.{{Citation needed|date=November 2011}} The 1992 cookbook, ”Who’s Your Mama, Are You Catholic and Can You Make a Roux” by Cajun Chef Marcelle Bienvenue outlines long-standing beliefs that Cajun identity was rooted in community, cuisine, and very specifically, devout Roman Catholicism. Traditional Catholic religious observances such as [[Mardi Gras]], [[Lent]], and [[Holy Week]] are integral to many Cajun communities. Likewise, these Traditional Catholic religious observances may further be understood from ”Cultural Catholicism in Cajun-Creole Louisiana” by Marcia Gaudet which tells us that such traditional religious observances, although they may not be “strictly theological and liturgical forms”, are still integral and necessary to many and remain religiously valid as “unofficial religious customs and traditions are certainly a part of Roman Catholicism as it is practiced”. ====Mardi Gras==== {{main|Courir de Mardi Gras}} [[Mardi Gras]], (French for “Fat Tuesday”, also known as [[Shrove Tuesday]]), is the day before [[Ash Wednesday]], which marks the beginning of [[Lent]], a 40-day period of fasting and reflection in preparation for [[Easter Sunday]]. Mardi Gras was historically a time to use up the foods that were not to be used during Lent, including fat, eggs, and meat. Mardi Gras celebrations in rural Acadiana are distinct from the more widely known celebrations in [[New Orleans Mardi Gras|New Orleans]] and other metropolitan areas. A distinct feature of the Cajun celebration centers on the ”[[Courir de Mardi Gras]]” (translated: fat Tuesday run). A group of people, usually on horseback and wearing [[capuchon]]s (a cone-shaped ceremonial hat) and traditional costumes, will approach a farmhouse and ask for something for the community gumbo pot. Often, the farmer or his wife will allow the riders to have a chicken, if they can catch it. The group then puts on a show, comically attempting to catch the chicken set out in a large open area. Songs are sung, jokes are told, and skits are acted out. When the chicken is caught, it is added to the pot at the end of the day. The ”courir” held in the small town of [[Mamou, Louisiana|Mamou]] has become well known. This tradition has much in common with the observance of La Chandeleur, or [[Candlemas]] (February 2), by Acadians in [[Nova Scotia]]. ====Easter==== On ”Pâques” (French for [[Easter]]), a game called ”pâquer”, or ”pâque-pâque” was played. Contestants selected hard-boiled eggs, paired off, and tapped the eggs together — the player whose egg did not crack was declared the winner. This is an old European tradition that has survived in Acadia until today. Today Easter is still celebrated by Cajuns with the traditional game of ‘paque’, but is now also celebrated in the same fashion as Christians throughout the United States with candy-filled baskets, “[[Easter bunny]]” stories, [[Easter egg|dyed eggs]], and Easter Egg hunts. ===Folk beliefs=== One folk custom is belief in a [[traiteur]], or healer, whose primary method of treatment involves the laying on of hands and of prayers. An important part of this folk religion, the traiteur is a faith healer who combines Catholic prayer and medicinal remedies to treat a variety of ailments, including earaches, toothaches, warts, tumors, angina, and bleeding. Another is in the [[Rougarou]], a version of a Loup Garou (French for [[werewolf]]), that will hunt down and kill Catholics that do not follow the rules of [[Lent]]. In some communities the Loup Garou of legend have taken on an almost protective role. Children are warned that Loup Garou can read souls, and that they only hunt and kill evil men and women and misbehaved horses. ===Celebrations and gatherings=== Cajuns have inherited from the Creoles, along with other [[Cajun Country]] residents, have a reputation for a ”joie de vivre” (French for “joy of living”), in which hard work is appreciated as much as “passing a good time.” ====Community gatherings==== In the culture, a ”coup de main” (French for “to give a hand”) is an occasion when the [[community]] gathers in order to assist one of their members with time-consuming or arduous tasks. Examples might include a [[barn raising]], [[harvest]]s, or assistance for the elderly or sick. ====Festivals==== The majority of Cajun festivals include a ”fais do-do” (“go to sleep” in French, originating from encouraging children to fall asleep in the rafters of the dance hall as the parents danced late into the night) or street dance, usually to a live local band. Crowds at these festivals can range from a few hundred to more than 100,000. {{details|: List of festivals in Louisiana}} ====Other festivals outside of Louisiana==== * In Texas, the Winnie Rice Festival and other celebrations often highlight the Cajun influence in [[Southeast Texas]]. * Major Cajun/Zydeco festivals are held annually in Rhode Island, which does not have a sizable Cajun population but is home to many Franco-Americans of Québécois and Acadian descent. It features Cajun culture and food, as well as authentic Louisiana musical acts both famous and unknown, drawing attendance not only from the strong Cajun/Zydeco music scene in Rhode Island, [[Connecticut]], [[New York City]] and [[California]], but from all over the world. In recent years the festival became so popular that there are now several such large summer festivals near the Connecticut-Rhode Island border: The Great Connecticut Cajun and Zydeco Music & Arts Festival, The Blast From The Bayou Cajun and Zydeco Festival, also in California the Cajun/Zydeco Festival; Bay Area Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont, Calif. and The Simi Valley Cajun, Creole Music Festival. ==Tributes== ”’Documentary films”’ * ”Spend it All” (1971, color) director: [[Les Blank]] with Skip Gerson * [”The Good Times Are Killing Me”] (1975, color) * ”Hot Pepper” (1975, color) director: Les Blank * ”J’ai Été Au Bal” (English: ”I Went to the Dance”), by Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz & Maureen Gosling; narrated by [[Barry Jean Ancelet]] and [[Michael Doucet]] (Brazos Films). Louisiana French and Zydeco music documentary. * ”[[Louisiana Story]]” (1948, black and white) director: [[Robert Flaherty]]. Further addressed in 2006 documentary [ Revisiting Flaherty’s Louisiana Story], by a group at Louisiana State University. ”’Film”’ * ”[[Southern Comfort (1981 film)]]” (1981, color) director: [[Walter Hill (filmmaker)|Walter Hill]], starring [[Powers Boothe]] * ”[[Belizaire the Cajun]]” (1986, color) director: [[Glen Pitre]], starring [[Armand Assante]] * ”[[Little Chenier]]” (2006, color) director: [[Bethany Ashton]], starring [[Johnathon Schaech]] ”’Literature”’ * ”[[Evangeline]]” (1847), an epic poem by [[Henry Wadsworth Longfellow]] loosely based on the events surrounding the 1755 deportation. It became an American classic, and also contributed to a rebirth of Acadian identity in both Maritime Canada and in Louisiana. * ”Bayou Folk” (1894) by [[Kate Chopin]] who wrote about the Creoles and Cajuns (Acadiens). * Children’s book author [[Mary Alice Fontenot]] wrote several volumes on Cajun culture and history. * ”Acadian Waltz” (2013) by [[Alexandrea Weis]] wrote about the Cajun culture. ”’Songs”’ * [[Jambalaya (On the Bayou)]], (1952), a song credited to [[Hank Williams]]. ”Jambalaya” is about life, parties and stereotypical food of Cajun cuisine. The music is taken from the Cajun song “Grand Texas”. * [[Acadian Driftwood]] (1975), a popular song based on the Acadian Expulsion by [[Robbie Robertson]] that appeared on [[The Band]]’s album, [[Northern Lights – Southern Cross]]. * “[[Louisiana Man]]”, an autobiographical song written and performed by [[Doug Kershaw]]. It became the first song broadcast back to Earth from the Moon by the astronauts of [[Apollo 12]]. The song not only sold millions of copies but over the years has become the symbol of Cajun music. * Jolie Blonde: lyrics & song history of the traditional Cajun waltz (a.k.a. Jolie Blon, Jole Blon or Joli Blon) often referred to as “the Cajun National Anthem”. * “[[Mississippi Queen]],” 1970 song by [[Mountain (band)|Mountain]] about a Cajun woman visiting from Mississippi * [[Elvis Presley was a Cajun]], a song from the 1991 Irish film ”[[The Commitments (film)|The Commitments]]” in which a 2-piece band plays along to the lyric “Elvis was a Cajun, he had a Cajun Heart” * [[Amos Moses]], a song by [[Jerry Reed]] about a fictional one-armed alligator-hunting Cajun man. * [[Perfect Day (Lady Antebellum song)|Perfect Day]], a song by [[Lady Antebellum]] starts off with the singer seeing “a Cajun man with a red guitar singing on the side of the street” and throwing “a handful of change in his beat up case and [saying] play me a country beat”. ==See also== {{portal|Acadia}} *[[Cajun cuisine]] *[[French American]] *[[French Canadians]] *[[Great Upheaval]] *[[List of Cajuns]] ==References== ===Footnotes=== {{Reflist}} ===Sources=== * Maria Hebert-Leiter, ”Becoming Cajun, Becoming American: The Acadian in American Literature from Longfellow to James Lee Burke”. Baton Rouge, LA: [[Louisiana State University Press]], 2009. ISBN 978-0-8071-3435-1. * Dean Jobb, ”The Cajuns: A People’s Story of Exile and Triumph,” John Wiley & Sons, 2005 (published in Canada as ”The Acadians: A People’s Story of Exile and Triumph”) ==External links== * [ Acadian Memorial] * [ Acadian Museum] * [ Vermilionville Living History Museum] {{European Americans}} {{French diaspora}} [[Category:Acadiana]] [[Category:Cajun| ]] [[Category:Ethnic groups in the United States]] [[Category:French diaspora in North America]] [[Category:American folklore]] [[Category:Acadian history]] [[Category:American people of French-Canadian descent| ]] [[Category:American people of French descent| ]]

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