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Innovation in Preservation: BeauSoleil, January 30 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-01-24 01:08:33

beausoleil1.jpgAs Michael Doucet tells it, the Acadian people of Louisiana have in their blood a penchant for both adaptation and preservation. They moved from France in the 17th Century and colonized Acadia - in what are now the Canada Maritime provinces and Maine. And many settled in Louisiana after the Great Expulsion of 1755 and became Cajuns.

"I think our culture has always looked at this - and not necessarily intellectually, but more on an emotional level - that you would adapt to whatever was around," Doucet said last week in a phone interview from his southwestern-Louisiana home. "That's how the Acadian sort of ethnic culture continues to be vital today, because it adapted.

"That's what we're doing now, is adapting to where we are now."

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