By Carl A. Brasseaux
"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique global of moss-draped cypress, cocoa-colored bayous, subtropical flora and fauna, and highly spiced indigenous food. The ancestral domestic of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish sector of south Louisiana incorporates a vast variety of individuals, areas, and occasions. of their ancient and pictorial journey of the quarter, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover intensive this attention-grabbing and intricate world.
As passionate documentarians of all issues Cajun and Creole, Brasseaux and Gould delve into the topography, tradition, and financial system of Acadiana.
In 200 colour photos of structure, landscapes, natural world, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy historical past nonetheless seen within the region, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of cost and improvement within the area. Brasseaux brings the tale modern, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.
From living-history sights corresponding to Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline country Park to song venues, gala's, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and offers a brilliant portrait of a tradition that keeps to captivate, appeal, and endure.
For all those that are looking to discover those humans and this position, Brasseaux and Gould have supplied an insightful written and visible history.
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