To attend this field trip you must register in advance at the AAG on-site registration desk (Mardi Gras Ballroom, 3rd floor, Marriott). All field trips depart from the Canal St. entrance of the New Orleans Marriott.
F2_3 Zydeco, Gumbo, and Black Innovators: A Day Trip to Southwestern Louisiana Creole Country
Organizer: Alexandra Giancarlo, Independent Scholar
This field trip is a day trip to the southwestern part of Louisiana, home to the mixed-race French heritage Creoles. In collaboration with community members, we will be treated to a traditional Creole lunch and listen to a private music demo by renowned zydeco artist Keith Frank (and have a Q&A with the artist). The Black History Month exhibit at Opelousas Museum ("African American Business Owners and Innovators") has been extended to accommodate our group and the exhibit's curator, a Creole community historian, will be guiding our tour. Over the course of the day, we will learn about Creoles' little-acknowledged history—such as Creole cowboys, predating much of the white settlement of the area—and their often-obscured contributions to the region’s cultural offerings. En route, we will watch a classic documentary film on Creole lifeways by ethnomusicologist Nicholas Spitzer (Tulane) to set the scene.
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