One of the most pleasant memories of my Southern vacation was a visit to Vermilionville, a Cajun village where the lives of early settlers to Louisiana are recreated at the site of the original settlement. I came home with a dvd of Cajun music, a broader understanding of the Acadians and a link to their website. Every week, I receive an email about the events at the center. I love opening it because it brings me back to the peaceful summer day I spent at the village. Recently they posted a children’s summer camp where everyone speaks French. What a wonderful way to preserve Louisiana’s French culture. Keep the kids speaking the language of their ancestors.
The French got a raw deal when the English booted them out of Canada and renamed Acadia… Nova Scotia. The Acadians had a diaspora, some returned to Europe and many were unkindly transported to Haiti. The Acadians who wound up in Louisiana, are those whose lives are recreated at Vermilionville and their descendants are now sending their children to French summer camp. That’s tenacity. If you are interested in the summer camp, here’s their website:
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