Thursday, June 16, 2011

Who are the Cajuns?

In honor of one of my FAVORITE television shows, History Channel's Swamp People, I have decided to do a post over the Cajuns.www.history.com/shows/swamp-people. When most people think of Cajuns they think Gumbo and Gators, but did you know there is so much more? The Cajuns have a unique dialect of the French language and numerous other cultural traits that distinguish them as an ethnic group. Cajuns were officially recognized by the U.S. government as a national ethnic group in 1980 by a discrimination lawsuit filed in federal district court. After a dispute with British government in the 1700s the Acadians, as they were called then, relocated in a huge Cajun diaspora to mostly south Louisana ,but also Texas. There they formed a unique lifestyle we still recognize today with huge joie de vivre. Cajuns are mostly Roman Catholic. They also believe in faith healers called traiteurs. And of course Mardi Gras is a Cajun staple that has spread to different ethnic groups as well. So, in true Cajun fashion, Laissez les bons temps rouler, let the good times roll!

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