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All mainstream representations of French Acadian Culture are always straight out of Wikipedia in that standard issue historic patrimonial sense, which frankly is dull and makes for cultural in breading.
There is so much more to this vibrant community then what is out there. It has run parallel to equally interesting Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Culture and will continue to do so.
Since there is no room for fresh self representing artistic voice and expression.If the standard Canadian Arts Council or the Sobey honky clan are not behind it, then it does not see the light of day
The culture is run like a nice conservative government busies by nice polite but not friendly bureaucrats ,there for the pay check, the hip replacements ad the pension... in that order.
Yet the spirit of French Acadians is very vibrant and innovative, pity it is not encouraged. Maybe Web 2.0 will help. time will tell.
Till then go have a look at the busy innovative Shamanic Inspired Online French Acadian Art Gallery of Claude Edwin Theriault it just might show you a different side of the Culture, beyond mainstream.
Stand by for updates on the coming retrospective exhibition in the Halifax Nova Scotia area 2018.....
The mainstream bread winner is french acadian song, music with emphasis on accents, saying and dialect. Leaving the visual arts out for the most part, providing it is visual representations of Evangeline et Gabriel .
If it does not have Evangeline ,Gabriel,Grand-pre and of course everyones favorite ....The Deportation of the Acadians ;in it .Well it gets the under rug sweep treatment.
The epic poem was written by an alcoholic American poet by the name of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who had nothing to do with the "Culture" , yet today he is the source for the cultural identity of French Acadians world wide.
Written in The english language and published in 1847. The poem follows the "Story of a nice Acadian Girl" named Evangeline and her pain body search for her lost love Gabriel, set during the time of the Expulsion of the Acadians.....classic opera template.
It became Longfellow's most famous work in his lifetime and remains one of his most popular and enduring works..... God bless.
The poem had a powerful effect in defining both Acadian history and identity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More recent scholarship has revealed the historical errors in the poem and the complexity of the Expulsion and those involved, which the poem ignores
The current Acadian cultural Hermitage site is the almighty "Grand-Pré Heritage site Theme Park" it is where the tourist go to ... uncover the tale of Le Grand Dérangement: a tragic event in Acadian history that has shaped the vibrant culture of modern-day Acadians across the globe through its quiet but powerful renaissance.Yet there is no sympethy for todays plight of the close to 70 million people currently in a state of deportation.
Due to La Maudite, La Maudite, LaMaudite de guerre... al lot of ego centric ,pain body attached French Acadians pushing that poor us envelop, need to look around and get with the new world order program.
That we are all in a state of Human Flow like Al Weiwei tries show us , yet, no one is interested, everyone just continues to live the ignorance of their innocence and the innocence of their ignorance.
In brief ...Naval Gazing to the Acadian Cultural past.
Self representation is the only option for the ones who are not in the beautiful clicks and clans . Comes as no surprise ,clicks and clans is a global phenomenon. Known as the political connection of who you know and who you blow. key note as to why it became Canada's 16th World Heritage Site inscribed by UNESCO in 2012.
The French Acadian culture is no exception 10 politically connected bureaucrats run it.... for now.Yet go have a look The Youtube channel that features the artwork of Nova Scotia based French Acadian Artist Claude Edwin Theriault, it has passed the One Million Views... go figure. That is what happens when mainstream xenophobic Cajun culture misses seeing you as a presence . Be daring and actually subscribe to the Channel so that Youtube can keep you informed by sending you video updates as soon aa they are posted .
Another Visual artist Claude Edwin Theriault trades ideas with is the multi talented Clay Sculpture Miz Etta Leblanc. Have a look at the video below showcasing some of her eclectic Acadian Folk Art Inspired works... They are quite good ,yet mainstream is too busy to catch on.
Frequently asked questions ( FAQ)
What is the meaning of the Acadian Flag?
What are the main Acadian Customs ?
What are traditional Acadian Dishes?
What is the difference between Acadians and Quebecois ?
What are some Acadian dialect words ?
Why is Acadian Music and dance so important ?
The list is standard usual suspects in a a list of tired stereotypes in need of a post zero point cultural revamp, that is coming soon.