April 21, 2014

HISTORY OF THE CAJUN DOCUMENTARY

 http://theadvocate.com/news/8873039-123/new-documentary-depicts-history-of

Cajuns from all walks of life — from cattlemen and shrimpers, to scholars and artists — tell the tales of their ancestors, painting a picture of Acadian history in a new documentary, “The Story of the Cajuns Part I.”

The documentary is the work of filmmaker Brenda Jepson, a native of Maine, who said the film has its roots in her intrigue about why she grew up surrounded by Thibodeauxs, Robichauds and other surnames so closely tied to Cajun culture.

Maine, she said, was one of the earliest French settlements in the New World.
“This is the first place the Acadians settled in 1604,” Jepson said. “They were here before Jamestown, before the Pilgrims. They were master farmers and builders hand-picked to help settle North America.”

Jepson said she learned about the early settlements while working on a previous film, “The Story of the Acadians,” with her husband, Alan Jepson.

“The Story of the Acadians,” which came out in 2006, describes how the agrarian settlers got caught between two of what were then the world’s strongest powers, France and Great Britain, in a struggle to gain control of North America.

The British forcefully removed the Acadians from Nova Scotia in the mid-1700s, and many found themselves in Louisiana.

Jepson said this is where “The Story of the Cajuns” picks up.
“That’s where it takes off, with the Cajuns,” she said. “What happened after the expulsion?

March 30, 2014

MI'GMAQ / MI'KMAQ TALKING DICTIONARY PROJECT


The Mi’gmaq/Mi’kmaq  Talking Dictionary Project is developing an Internet resource for the Mi’gmaq/Mi’kmaq language.  You can take a look here.

I am particularly fond of the Songs.  Native history is important to preserve, including the stories.  Take a look at that section as well.  Traditional culture is historically conveyed through stories.

Each headword is recorded by a minimum of three speakers. Multiple speakers allow one to hear differences and variations in how a word is pronounced. Each recorded word is used in an accompanying phrase.  This permits learners the opportunity to develop the difficult skill of distinguishing individual words when they are spoken in a phrase.

Thus far they have posted over 3500 headwords, a majority of these entries include two to three additional forms.  More will be added as they are recorded.  Words on the site are considered complete today.

http://nativeheritageproject.com/2014/03/29/migmaqmikmaq-talking-dictionary-project/

March 06, 2014

LA FAMILLE BREAUX DU MONDE ASSOCIATION


Nouvelle Breaux du Monde
La Famille Breaux du Monde Association
A newsletter for all Breaux – Breau– Brault – Breault – Braud –Brot – Brow – Brough March, 2014
Email: breauxdumonde@cox.net Facebook Group: Breaux du Monde
“I am Cajun … and
'Cajun and Proud' license plates support French
education scholarship program
Late last year State Senator Fred Mills (R-New
Iberia) and State Representative Mike Huval (R-Breaux
Bridge) unveiled this special license plate in order that we
might show our Cajun Pride and support CODOFIL
(Council for the Development of French in Louisiana).
These special plates are available at 18
Department of Motor Vehicles offices in the Acadiana
area and at the DMV headquarters in Baton Rouge. You
do not have to wait until your license plate is up for
renewal to obtain this plate. You can go in to any one of
18 DMV offices, bring your current plate, and request the
new plate. You will purchase the regular two-year plate
with the addition of the $15 annual fee (or $30 total).
Credit will be issued for unused months already paid.
Check with your local DMV office.
“I’m a Cajun” can be printed on your
DRIVER’S LICENSE for an annual fee of $5 which also
supports CODOFIL. You can go in no sooner than six
months prior to your license’s expiration and request the
2014 to the St. Ann University in Nova Scotia. An applicant
from each CAFA family will be put in a drawing. If one of your
Breaux children/grandchildren might be interested in this
scholarship, please contact breauxdumonde@cox.net by
THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014. One Breaux family member
will be recommended for that drawing.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL
26 & 27, 2014: FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL, Downtown Lafayette, LA
https://www.festivalinternational.com/site.php
Breaux and other family organizations will be at
Sciene des Jeunes.
SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2014 – Day of
Remembrance
SUNDAY , AUGUST 3, 2014 –
Acadian Cultural Day – Vermilionville,
300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508, phone 337/233-
4077: HOURS: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. FREE EVENT http://
www.vermilionville.org/vermilionville/index.html
2014 EVENTS------------------
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014,
Acadian Memorial Festival
121 South New Market Street, St. Martinville: Families
being honored this year are Gravois and Babineaux.
Events are free and open to the public. For details
contact the Memorial at 337/394-2258, email
info@acadianmemorial.org, or visit their web site at

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014 – National
Day of the Acadians -- Acadian Memorial --
http://www.acadianmemorial.org .
Email info@acadianmemorial.org
Museum of the Acadian Memorial will be open and
free to the public.
121 South New Market Street, St. Martinville, LA Phone:
337/394-2258
APRIL -- DRAWING FOR CAFA
The Confederation of Acadian Families Association
(CAFA) is seeking applicants for a scholarship for the summer

January 09, 2014

COURIR DE MARDI GRAS


Traditionally known as Courir de Mardi Gras, festivities occur in towns throughout central Louisiana’s Cajun Country. Rooted in French medieval history, the Courir de Mardi Gras has many rituals that come together in a celebration on Fat Tuesday. The main event in a Cajun Country Mardi Gras is the traditional courir or “run” led by the capitaine of the Mardi Gras. -

Cajun Country Mardi Gras is a must for anyone seeking authentic Louisiana. Make plans now to attend this year's festivities and participate in Courir de Mardi Gras March 4, 2014. -

http://www.louisianatravel.com/cajun-mardi-gras?utm_campaign=eblast&utm_medium=email&utm_source=januaryemail-2014

Photo:  Nighttime parade in Lafayette, Louisiana

January 05, 2014

A NATIONAL ETHNIC GROUP


Cajuns were officially recognized by the U.S. government as a national ethnic group in 1980 per a discrimination lawsuit filed in federal district court. Presided over by Judge Edwin Hunter, the case, known as Roach v. Dresser Industries Valve and Instrument Division (494 F.Supp. 215, D.C. La., 1980), hinged on the issue of the Cajuns' ethnicity. Significantly, Judge Hunter held in his ruling that:"We conclude that plaintiff is protected by Title VII's ban on national origin discrimination.

The Louisiana Acadian (Cajun) is alive and well. He is “up front” and “main stream.” He is not asking for any special treatment. By affording coverage under the “national origin” clause of Title VII he is afforded no special privilege. He is given only the same protection as those with English, Spanish, French, Iranian, Czechoslavakian, Portuguese, Polish, Mexican, Italian, Irish, et al., ancestors."

The word "Cajun" is the anglicised pronunciation of Cadien (the truncated form of Acadian in French). There is some dispute over the origin of the term Acadia; some suggest that it came from the name of the ancient Greek region of Arcadia; others suggest that it is a derivation of the Mikmaq Indian word cadique, meaning "a good place to set up camp."

January 02, 2014

PRAYER FOR PATERNAL BLESSISNG


In old Quebec the paternal blessing was one of the most moving times of  the New Year.
It reaffirmed the father’s authority and preceded the mass which
the entire family attended before going to share a meal with the grand-parents.
It was a significant gathering at which the following prayer was generally
recited:

May God bless you and
grant you health and  happiness
throughout the coming year,
in the name of the Father,
the Son  and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

November 24, 2013

BREAUX FAMILY REUNION


Planning Ahead:
Congres Mondial Acadien
2014
http://cma2014.org/en
 August 8-24, 2014
Madawaska, Maine & New Brunswick
Acadian National Day
(per the CMA2014.org website)
Thursday, August 15, 2014
St.-David (Maine)
Zachary Richard will headline
BREAUX FAMILY REUNION:
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Place:
CATHEDRAL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Chapel St. Pierre
145, Rice Street, Edmundston, New Brunswick
http://patrimoinemadvic.com/en/religieux.php?
cat=Cathedral+of+Immaculate+Conception+Parish+(E
dmundston)
Mass in English – 9:15 a.m.
Mass in French – 11:00 a.m.
Coffee will be served after the 9:15 a.m. Mass, and a
buffet-style luncheon will be served after the 11:00 a.m.
Mass. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
A few reservations have already been
confirmed from Louisiana, Texas, and New Brunswick.
Breaux genealogist Robert Brault will be
there, and Gayle Breaux Smith will make a power
point presentation “Footsteps in Time” covering her
travels to France, Nova Scotia, the Boston area, and, of
course, Louisiana. Please plan to join us.
Additional details will be provided in a future
newsletter.
Link to the list of 122 families planning reunions:
http://www.cma2014.com/rencontres-de-familles-prog
LOUISIANA DAY:
Monday, August 18, 2014.
Now is the time to plan your trip.