Youth in Acadie: Reflections on Acadian Life and Culture in Southwest Louisiana
. (Baton Rouge: Claitor’s Publishing Division), 1974.
An interesting account of the author’s experiences growing up in Acadian Louisiana. It is more autobiographical than cultural, however.
Bible, George P.
The Acadians: Their Deportation and Wanderings
. (Philadelphia: Ferris and Leach), 1905.
A detailed history of the Acadians, their flight and return, and their second flight. The author shows how Longfellow based his poem “Evangeline” on a real person and real events.
Bird, Will R.
Done At Grand Pré
. (Toronto: The Ryerson Press), 1955.
Tells the story of the desperation of the Acadians in narrative form.
Dominion Atlantic Railway.
The Land of Evangéline Nova Scotia An Annotated Guide
. (Kentville, Nova Scotia: Kentville Publishing Co., Ltd.), 1935.
Illustrations are included. It tells the necessary information about historical places in Nova Scotia.
People of the Bayou: Cajun Life in Lost America
. (New York: E.P. Dutton), 1979.
This book tells about Cajun life today in South Louisiana. The people are shy, solitary, and hardworking. It is written in narrative form, but is not a story.
Hannay, James D.C.L. F.R.S.C.
The Heroine of Acadia
. (No other information given.)
A charming tale of the life of Frances Marie Jacqueline, wife of Sieur de la Tour. This story parallels a folktale as it tells of Mme. la Tour’s historic defense of fort la Tour. An historical legend wellsuited for Junior High.
Pioneers of France in the New World
. (Boston: Little Brown and Co.), 1880. A very detailed history of the explorations and early settlements by the Spanish and French.
Post, Lauren C.
Cajun Sketches from the Prairies of Southwest Louisiana.
(Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press), 1962.
A very easy to read narrative. The story is told from the point of view of natural resources and geography. The author defines and translates terms from Cajun to English. Note the following chapters in particular: “Early Approaches to the Acadian Prairies”, “Cajun Houses”, “Cajun ‘Pieu’ Fences”, “Old Aladdin and his Créole Chairs”, “Spinning and Weaving” “Courtship and Marriage”, “Faisdodo”, “Music and Dancing”, “Cajun MardiGras”, “Birth, Death and the Social Life”, “Cajuns Today”.
Rushton, William Faulkner.
The Cajuns from Acadia to Louisiana
(New York: Farrar Straus Giroux), 1979.
There is some history and background of the Acadians in this book. It focuses mainly on life today. Notice the following chapters: “Reconstructing the Cajun House”, “Weaving Together”, “How to Cook Cajun”, “French Accordion Folk Music”, “Laisser les bons temps rouler.” The appendices also deserve to be studied: “Tu parles Cajun?” and Neptune’s Theatre, which is a play thought to have been the first written in America.
Bowlus, Martha and Robinson, Emily.
River Road Recipes, River Road Recipes II: A Second Helping
. (No publisher currently available), 1959, 1976.
A collection of Louisiana Créole recipes compiled by the Baton Rouge Junior League, this cookbook is available at B. Dalton and Waldenbooks. In the book, the women decided to reveal culinary secrets which combine the French influence of their forebearers with local “Cajun” ingredients from the bayous of Southwest Louisiana.
Supplementary materials for our unit including maps showing the route of the Acadian migration, areas of interest in Nova Scotia, large Cajun populations in Louisiana, along with manufacturing of the state, along with a map guide and other realia such as a Cajun cookbook are available on loan from the Institute office.