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63rd Annual Meeting of Louisiana Folklore Society
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3/22/2019 to 3/23/2019
When: Friday, March 22, 2019
Where: Nicholls State University
Houma, Louisiana 
United States

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Louisiana Folklore Society will celebrate its 63rd annual meeting Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 in Houma, Louisiana. The LFS is partnering with colleagues at Nicholls State University to offer a wide variety of presentations on Louisiana folklore, folklife, and traditional arts.

The meeting will begin on Friday evening with bayou culture demonstrations at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 Park Avenue in Houma. These free activities, part of the Bayou Culture Collaborative initiative begun last year, are made possible through our partnership with the Louisiana
Folklife Program (Louisiana Division of the Arts) and the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center. It is free and open to the general public.

Paper sessions will take place throughout the day on Saturday, March 23, in the Duhé Center located at 235 Civic Boulevard in Houma, LA. From noon to1:00 on Saturday, during the lunch break, the annual LFS business meeting will be held, including the election of LFS officers. See details below.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to register ahead of time for the conference, visit their website.
 On-site registration will also be available. Lunch may be pre-ordered on the website. A few extra lunches will be available for purchase on the morning of the meeting.

Friday, March 22

7:00 Bayou Culture Collaborative presentation

Traditions of Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes include music, food, and
more will be presented he Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 Park
Avenue in Houma.

Saturday, March 23

Saturday Sessions will take place in the Duhé Center, located at 235 Civic
Boulevard in Houma, LA.

8:00-9:00 Session 1: Louisiana Folklore Figures

8:00-8:20 Nathan Rabalais, “Folklore Figure of French and Creole Louisiana:
An American Pantheon?”

8:20-8:40 Rachel Doherty, “Transforming the Rougarou? Louisiana’s Werewolf
in Popular Culture and Literature”

8:40-9:00 Dustin Reuther, “Treasures, Shapeshifters, and Ghosts: Folklore
and Place among the Native-Pirates of a Vanishing Parish”

9:00-10:00 Session 2: Music and Mardi Gras

9:00-9:20 Lesli Rambin, “Byway Blues: A Guide to North Louisiana’s Blues

9:20-9:40 Joyce M. Jackson, “McIlhenny’s Befo’ De War Spirituals: A
Disengaged Engagement”

9:40-10:00 Maria Zeringue, “When You Hear Those Bells: Establishing a
Soundscape of the Gheens Mardi Gras”

10:00-11:00 Session 3: Belief and Healing

10:00-10:20 Becca Begnaud, “Hold the Space: Creating Community with Healing

10:20-10:40 Liz Johnston, “Dream Interpretation and the Inevitability of

10:40-11:00 John Doucet, “Historical Hurricanes and the Marian Devotion of
Prompt Succor in Louisiana”

11:00-12:00 Session 4 Roundtable: Franco-Louisianais, Cajun 2.0?

Lindy Guidry, Christophe Landry, Jonathan Mayers, Nathan Rabalais, Clif St.
Laurent, and Robin White

12:00-1:00 Lunch and business meeting (reserved buffet lunch)

1:00-2:00 Session 5: Tunica-Biloxi Culture and History

1:00-2:20 Ryan P. Lopez, “Unknown Mytho Creatures and How to Bring Them to
the 21st Century”

1:20-2:40 Juston Broussard, “Tunica-Biloxi Traditional Medicines and Other
Holistic Healing in Relation to Our Tribe”

1:40-2:00 Elizabeth P. Mora, “Strengthening Community Cultural Engagement:
Tunica-Biloxi Language and Culture Revitalization”

2:00-3:00 Session 6: History, Place, and Art

2:00-2:20 Jeanne Soileau, “Camp Lore”

2:20-2:40 Randy Gonzales, “Telling the Story of Filipinos in Louisiana:
Folklore, History, and the Changing Significance of St. Malo”

2:40-3:00 Olivia Johnson, “Persistence of the Heart: Folk Art Themes in
Fine Art”

3:00-4:30 Session 7: Folklore and Education

3:00-3:20 Billie Babin, “Using the Chauvin Sculpture Garden as a High
Impact Experience for Bayou Studies Students

3:20-3:40 Michelle Glaros and Michael Lafferty, “Highland Story Project:
Using Folklore to Teach Experiential and Reciprocal Research and Writing”

3:40-4:00 Elise Granier, “Sowing Stewardship in Islanders through
Explorations of Grand Isle”

4:00-4:30 Gary LaFleur, “A Hundred and Seventy Years of Science and
Folklore at Lost Island”


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