By Shane K. Bernard
Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: a tender Reader's heritage strains the four-hundred-year background of this specified American ethnic staff. whereas written in a layout understandable to junior-high and high-school scholars, it's going to end up attractive and informative to boot to grownup readers looking a one-volume exploration of those striking humans and their predecessors. The narrative follows the Cajuns' early ancestors, the Acadians, from seventeenth-century France to Nova Scotia, the place they flourished till British infantrymen expelled them in a sad occasion known as Le Grand Dérangement (The nice Upheaval)--an episode looked by means of many historians for example of ethnic detoxification or genocide. as much as one-half of the Acadian inhabitants died from illness, hunger, publicity, or outright violence within the expulsion. approximately 3 thousand survivors journeyed throughout the 13 American colonies to Spanish-controlled Louisiana. There they resettled, intermarried with individuals of the neighborhood inhabitants, and advanced into the Cajun humans, who this day quantity over a half-million. on the grounds that their arrival in Louisiana, the Cajuns have constructed an unmistakable identification and a powerful feel of ethnic delight. In contemporary a long time they've got contributed their unique delicacies and accordion-and-fiddle dance song to American pop culture. Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: a tender Reader's heritage comprises a variety of photos and over a dozen sidebars on issues starting from Cajun song to Mardi Gras. Shane okay. Bernard is historian and curator of McIlhenny corporation, manufacturers of TABASCO® model pepper sauce, and Avery Island, Inc. he's the writer of Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues; The Cajuns: Americanization of a humans; and TABASCO®: An Illustrated heritage.
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40 Birth of the Cajuns The Battle of Bayou Bourbeux, near Grand Coteau, during the Civil War. From Leslie’s Illustrated, 1863. 41 Despite the fighting that raged around them, Acadians generally expressed little interest in the Civil War. ” Acadians forced into military service during the war frequently deserted their posts, running off at first opportunity to rejoin their families on the bayous and prairies. As one Northern soldier observed, “The Acadian has great power of endurance, but not much stomach for fight.
Gumbo aptly demonstrates how Cajun cooking drew on a variety of influences, including French, Spanish, Native American, and Afro-Caribbean sources. Cajuns borrowed the word gumbo from a West African term meaning “okra,” a vegetable introduced to south Louisiana by African slaves and regarded by many as an essential gumbo ingredient. Cajuns obtained filé (powdered leaves of the sassafras tree) from Native Americans, using it to thicken and season gumbo. They adopted red peppers such as cayenne, which gave gumbo its spicy flavor, from the Spanish.
From Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, February 1887, 349. Birth of the Cajuns 49 butchering of farm animals), a vital event in the age before refrigerators and supermarkets. Other traditions included the ramasserie (communal harvest), the coup de main (communal house or barn raising), and the course de Mardi Gras, also called the courir du Mardi Gras (running of the Mardi Gras), in which masked riders on horseback traveled from one rural household to another scavenging ingredients for a massive communal gumbo.
Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader's History by Shane K. Bernard