Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Zydeco : Readings in Louisiana Culture

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Pub. Date: 2003-05-01
Publisher(s): Univ Pr of Mississippi
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The distinct cultural charm of southern Louisiana has challenged but eluded many authors who have attempted to describe it. This anthology of readings reflects on the traditions, folklore, and folklife in the region and comes perhaps closest of any book yet published in capturing this elusive spirit. A strange, piquant, and savory mixture, the culture has been likened to gumbo, one of southern Louisiana's signature dishes. The delectable, one-of-a-kind identity has been expressed in numerous descriptive phrases -- "south of the South," "the northern tip of the Caribbean," "this folklore land." Crystalizing the region's rich diversity and character, the authors in this collection give a precise introduction to aspects that other books have missed. Here, a land and a people that are unlike any other are portrayed accurately and uniquely. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Zydeco An Introduction to Louisiana Culture vii
Mardi Gras and the Media
Who's Fooling Whom?
Barry Jean Ancelet
Buffalo Bill and the Mardi Gras Indians
Michael P. Smith
Every Man a King
Worldview, Social Tension, and Carnival in New Orleans
Frank de Caro
Tom Ireland
Mardi Gras Chase
Glen Pitre
The New Orleans King Cake in Southwest Louisiana
Marcia Gaudet
Christmas Bonfires in South Louisiana
Tradition and Innovation
Marcia Gaudet
The Creole Tradition
Michael Tisserand
Hidden Nation
The Houmas Speak
Barbara Sillery
Some Accounts of Witch Riding
Patricia K. Rickels
Charlene Richard
Folk Veneration among the Cajuns
Marcia Gaudet
Ote Voir Ta Sacree Soutane
Anti-Clerical Humor in French Louisiana
Barry Jean Ancelet
The Social and Symbolic Uses of Ethnic/Regional Foodways
Cajuns and Crawfish in South Louisiana
C. Paige Gutierrez
Is It Cajun, or Is It Creole?
Marcia Gaudet
Suggestions for Further Reading on Louisiana Culture 154(2)
Notes on Contributors 156(2)
Questions and Topics for Classroom Discussion and Writing Assignments 158(13)
Index 171

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