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October Proclaimed Folklife Month in Louisiana

Thursday, September 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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Lt Governor Jay Dardenne has proclaimed October as Folklife Month to recognize the rich diversity of Louisiana’s living traditions and bring attention to the individuals who sustain them. An extension of last year's Folklife Day, the initiative will showcase tradition bearers in a series of free public programs to be held statewide.

Folklife Month will reach each of the state's five major regions: North Louisiana, Central Louisiana, Acadiana, the Florida Parishes, and Greater New Orleans. Organizers expect this approach will highlight overlooked cultural communities and demonstrate that all persons have folklife.

In addition to Cajun boat building and African-American gospel singing, lesser-known topics such as Mexican Day of the Dead altars and Garifuna religious rituals will be explored to show the breadth of Louisiana's vernacular culture. All events will be moderated by Folklife Ambassadors, professional folklorists from local universities and cultural institutions who will contribute contextual and historical information.

Presenters were selected to participate based on their cultural expertise as well as the significance of their respective traditions. Folklife Month organizers seek to increase appreciation of the vital role they play in perpetuating the state's distinct culture and, in turn, their contributions to driving tourism and economic development.

Louisiana Folklife Month is a project of the Louisiana Folklife Commission in collaboration with the Louisiana Folklore Society and partner organizations in each of the host communities.

The complete program of Folklife Month events may be found at Louisiana Folklife Month 2015.

Contact Maida Owens at or 225.342.8178 for more information.

Louisiana Folklife Month was funded by the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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