The cultural identities. Pg. 82The Cajuns and Creoles

The Cajun language roots began with French and as they lived in the area. The language sound has adapted a southern accent. The founding families, who first settled in Acadiana called themselves Acadians. The English-speaking people could not say the word, so they began to call them, “Cajuns”.

The Acadians who settled near New Orleans assimilated with the African American slave refugees from the Caribbean. The African Americans who already settled there spoke French, the Cajuns called them Creoles. In 1803, the United States bought Louisiana from France. The Americans began to settle in the new territory and since they spoke mainly English, it was mandated that English would be the language spoken in the area. The Acadians again found themselves under the oppressive rule of English-speaking rulers.

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This caused the Cajuns and Creoles to start denying their cultural identities. Pg. 82The Cajuns and Creoles kept their history alive through ballads or songs. Most songs tell a story, while Cajun songs tell an emotion about an event or history. Superstition was also another factor in their songs and folklores.

The Creoles’ songs were folklore about the “loup garon”, the werewolf. The song talks about how the werewolf was a little boy who was bitten by a werewolf and killed ten people. One of the townspeople devised a way to kill it by dipping his bullets into gumbo rue and having them kissed by a Virgin. He townsman went into the woods and he and the werewolf were never seen again.


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