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The Survival of French Culture in South Louisiana

"What's your name? Where're you from? Who's your daddy?" When you first meet someone from south Louisiana, these are the questions you will probably hear. And you have to answer them before you can get along about your business. They are not rhetorical questions but quite serious ones designed to elicit information which helps to place you in the world of the Cajuns and Creoles. If you are from the inside, they want to know where you fit; if from the outside, they want to know how you got in and why. Such concerns could be thought of as xenophobic, but they are not. Rather they are simply part of a ritual to establish relationships - one ...

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