THE LAST ACADIAN COAST

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED THE EVENT!

SYMPOSIUM ON ACADIAN HISTORY AND CULTURE IN THE LAFOURCHE-TERREBONNE

OCTOBER 5th, 2022

WETLANDS ACADIAN CULTURAL CENTER

9AM – 4:30PM

Hosted by Nicholls State University, the Nicholls Coastal Center, the Center for Bayou Studies at Nicholls,
the Lafourche Heritage Society, and the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

 Part of the Grand Reveil Acadian 2022

“The Last Acadian Coast” Symposium celebrates the unique history and enduring culture of the people of Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes.

The migration of Acadian exiles to Louisiana largely concluded in 1785 with the landing of seven passenger ships in New Orleans carrying nearly 1600 persons. Following earlier establishments of the First and Second Acadian Coast settlements along the Mississippi River, most of the 1785 Acadian immigrants were settled along Bayous Lafourche and Terrebonne. Their arrival marked not only the largest single migration and settlement of Acadians in the world but also the final mass re-settlement of Acadians in history. Over time, these Acadians migrated south along the bayous toward the Gulf Coast, founding not only the bayouside cities, towns, and villages we know today but also forging their own history and developing a unique wetlands Cajun culture.

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SCHEDULED SPEAKERS

9:00-9:10 a.m.  Introduction and Welcome

9:10-10:00 a.m.  Glen Pitre: Historic Lifeways in the Lafourche-Terrebonne 

10:00-10:50 a.m.  John P. Doucet: The Last Acadian Coast: Settlement and Succession of the Wetlands Acadians

10:50-11:00 a.m.  Intermission

11:00-11:50 a.m.  Windell Curole: Shaped by Tide and Thunder and Terror:  Historical Storms and the Shaping of Coastal Settlement in the Lafourche-Terrebonne

11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m.  LUNCH

12:50-1:40 p.m.  Nathalie Dajko: French on Shifting Ground:  Development of Unique Language in the Lafourche-Terrebonne

1:40-2:30 p.m. Donald (Don) Davis: Historical Wetlands Seafood Culture and Industry

2:30-2:40 p.m.  Intermission

2:40-3:30 p.m.  Patty Whitney: A Cultural Gumbo:  Terrebonne Parish’s 200th Anniversary

3:30-4:20 p.m. Shana Walton and Helen Regis: Living off the Land in Lafourche:  Hunting, Fishing, Planting and Community

4:20 -4:30 p.m.  Closing

OTHER EVENTS:

Grand Reveil Acadian in Lafourche-Terrebonne

4:30–6:00 PM

Cajun Music Demonstration & Lecture

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center
314 St Mary St, Thibodaux, LA 70301

Featuring Chad Huval (accordion) and Brazos Huval (fiddle), who will demonstrate Cajun Music techniques while teaching about the history of Cajun music, including covering efforts to preserve the Cajun music of Bayou Lafourche. 

Sponsored by Center for Bayou Studies and the Louisiana Folk Roots Program.

5:30–6:30 PM

Catholic Mass in French

St. Francis de Sales Co-Cathedral

500 Goode St, Houma, LA

6:00–8:00 PM

Cajun Music Preservation Society
Cajun Music Jam

Gina’s at The Legion
114 St. Mary St.
Thibodaux, LA

SEPT 27–OCT 10

Chief Justice John Weimer’s “Scenes We’ve Seen in South Louisiana!”

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center’s Art Gallery
Now through Oct 10.

CULTURAL CENTERS OPEN DURING THE DAY

Wetlands Acadian Culture Center
Jean Laffitte National Park and Reserve

314 Saint Mary St, Thibodaux, LA 70301

South Lafourche Library Historical Center

16241 East Main Street, Cut Off, LA 70345

South Lafourche Library Historical Center

16241 East Main Street, Cut Off, LA

70345

Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum and South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center

7901 Park Avenue, Houma, LA 70364

Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center

317 Goode St, Houma, LA 70360

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - OCTOBER 5, 2022

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Last Acadian Coast: Symposium on Acadian History and Culture in the Lafourche-Terrebonne

Wetlands Acadian Culture Center 

Thibodaux, LA

Featuring
Glen Pitre, Nathalie Dajko, Windell Curole, John
Doucet, Shana Walton, Patty Whitney, and more.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Catholic Mass in French

St. Francis de Sales Co-Cathedral

500 Goode St, Houma, LA

CULTURAL CENTERS OPEN DURING THE DAY

Wetlands Acadian Culture Center
Jean Laffitte National Park and Reserve

314 Saint Mary St, Thibodaux, LA 70301

South Lafourche Library Historical Center

16241 East Main Street, Cut Off, LA 70345

South Lafourche Library Historical Center

16241 East Main Street, Cut Off, LA

70345

Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum and South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center

7901 Park Avenue, Houma, LA 70364

Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center

317 Goode St, Houma, LA 70360

THINGS TO DO AROUND TOWN!

Nicholls State University, home of the Manning Passing Academy, is located in south Louisiana’s Bayou Region. Our local communities are known for their hospitality, Cajun cuisine, great fishing and rich culture. If you’re looking for a place to stay, activities for your families or places to eat, check out the links below from our local tourism organizations:

BECOME A SPONSOR!

Sponsorship Opportunities:  Contact Jenny Schexnayder at 985-448-4442 or jenny.schexnayder@nicholls.edu

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GRAND RÉVEIL ACADIEN

LAFOURCHE AND TERREBONNE PARISHES EVENTS
OCTOBER 5, 2022

GRA 2022 is a multi-parish experience celebrating the lasting cultural impact of the Acadian people. Daily events will be held from October 1st through October 9th, 2022 across Acadiana. Started in 2011, this event has been held every five years since. The purpose of this event is to encourage Acadians from around the world to continue to advance our unique lifestyle through shared memories, French speaking events, bonding and fellowship over Cajun food and music, and the general celebration of our shared culture.

Le GRA (Grand Réveil Acadien) est une expérience multi-paroissiale qui célèbre l’impact culturel durable du peuple acadien. Des événements quotidiens auront lieu du 1er octobre au 9 octobre 2022 dans au moins cinq paroisses du sud de la Louisiane. Lancée en 2011, cette manifestation se tient depuis tous les cinq ans. Le but de cette manifestation est d’encourager les Acadiens du monde entier à continuer de faire progresser notre style de vie unique tout en partageant des souvenirs du passé. Evénements francophones, tissage de liens et fraternité autour de la nourriture et de la musique cadiennes et célébration générale de notre culture commune sont tous au menu!