Bauman, Harriet J. “The Cajuns: Natives With a Difference!”
Immigrants and American Identity
Curriculum Units by Fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, Volume II (53 Wall Street, New Haven, Connecticut: Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute), 1988.
This unit is the second in a series of units on the Cajuns that I have written. It uses the poem “Evangeline” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as a means of studying Cajun culture. Many student-centered activities are included in the unit.
Bauman, Harriet J. and John C. Warner. “The Preservation of a Heritage: A Study of the Acadians”
Cross Cultural Variation in Children and Families
Curriculum Units by Fellows of the Yale New Haven Teachers Institute, Volume VI (53 Wall Street, New Haven, Connecticut: Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute), 1983.
The first unit in a series on the Acadians and Cajuns. It gives useful background information on both the Acadians and the Cajuns, as well as a somewhat detailed look at their houses, customs, holidays, food, etc. There are several useful student activities included in this unit.
South to Louisiana: the Music of the Cajun Bayous
(Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company), 1983.
A good source of information about popular music in Louisiana, particularly Cajun music.
Histoire populaire de l’Acadie
(Montréal: Leméac), 1979.
Interesting information about the Acadians’ social life and customs and the Cajuns’ social life and customs. There is a useful list of films on page 435.
Prown, Jules David. “Style as Evidence” (The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur, Museum), 1980.
Good background explanation with reasons for studying a culture’s objects.
Prown, Jules David. “Mind in Matter: An Introduction to Material Culture Theory and Method” (The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum), 1982.
This article explains the techniques for studying a cultural object. An important source for how to learn about a culture. Both of Prown’s articles give the teacher new tools for teaching.
L‰che pas la patate: portrait des Acadiens de la Louisiana
(Montréal: Editions Parti pris), 1976. This whole book is interesting, particularly the chapters on language, customs, and music.