Allan, Johnnie. “Cléoma B. Falcon: A Cajun Music Classic” (Lafayette, Louisiana: JADFEL Record Company), 1983.
This record is the source of the songs studied for this unit. It is on tape and on file at the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511.
Ancelet, Barry Jean.
The Makers of Cajun Music Musicians cadiens et créoles
(Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press), 1984.
A history of Cajun music, with interviews with famous musicians, as well as interesting photographs. It is written in French and English and can be used for cultural readings in the classroom. An important resource for teaching about the Cajuns and their music.
Butler, Joseph T. Jr. “Bayou Lafourche”
magazine, March, 1978.
An informational account of life today in southern Louisiana. It ends with short blurbs describing five fairs or festivals typical of the region.
Casanova, Jacques-Donat and Armour Landry.
America’s French Heritage
(La Documentation FranCaise and the Quebec Official Publisher), 1976.
A very well written book with short chapters divided into five categories. All of the book is useful, but read “Louisiana the Beautiful,” “Forced Exodus,” and the whole section entitled “The Urge to Explore.”
Cajuns on the Bayous
(New York: Hastings House Publishers), 1957.
This book is a collection of stories gathered in visits to Louisiana by the author. Chapter VII “Fais-Dodo with Grand Isle Baratarians” tells about a typical Saturday night, Cajun-style!
Reed, Roy. “Down Home in Acadia.”
The New York Times Magazine The Sophisticated Traveler
Part 2 (New York: The New York Times), October 9, 1983.
Another way of getting familiar with Cajun life today! A short article that captures the spirit of the Cajun people.
Savoy, Ann Allen.
Vol. I (Eunice, Louisiana: Bluebird Press, Inc.), 1984.
One cannot teach Cajun music without this book! Not only does it contain information about important musicians and their music, but it has complete discographies of each musician discussed.
Saxon, Lyle, Edward Dreyer, and Robert Tallant.
Gumbo Ya-Ya A Collection of Louisiana Folk Tales
(Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company), 1945.
See chapter 21 “Songs” for a detailed discussion of Creole music.
Wilentz, Amy. “Bon Temps on the bayou”
Condé Nast Traveler
(New York: the Condé Nast Publications, Inc.), June, 1991.
A well written article on Cajun life today. The flavor of Cajun life portrayed in this article makes one hungry to visit the area.