The Louisiana Folklife Photo Gallery
is an online database of photographs depicting the folk cultures of Louisiana.
These photographs include artists displaying and making their creations, traditional
festivals and practices, and the locations where folk traditions take place such as
cemeteries, houses, and churches, and the cultural region of the specific photo.
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Searching for Regions
Because of settlement patterns, ethnicity, religions,
and other cultural traits, folklorists and cultural geographers have divided Louisiana into three
cultural regions: North Louisiana, South Louisiana, and Greater New Orleans. For the purpose of this
project, we use the political boundaries to facilitate sorting. Of course, cultural lines don't
generally conform to political boundaries, so parishes along the regional lines exhibit traits
typical of both regions. In addition larger commununities share traits of several or all regions
of the state, particularly Baton Rouge. See
Lousiana's Three Major Subregions Map. For a more detailed look at Louisiana's cultural regions,
see Lousiana's Nine Major Subregions Map.
Searching for Groups
To find images about Louisiana's cultural and ethnic groups, use the following terms in the Keyword Search: Native
American (or the specific tribe: Cherokee Choctaw, Houma, Koasati, Chitimacha, Choctaw, Choctaw-Apache, Clifton Choctaw, Caddo, Tunica
Biloxi); African American, Cajun, Creole, Anglo American, French, Spanish, Isleno, Irish, Italian, Middle Eastern, Jewish, German,
Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Norwegian, Asian, and Latino. For Asian and Latino, you can also search for specific countries or cultural
groups: Laotian, Vietnamese, Filipino, East Indian, Mexican, Nicaraguan.
You can browse all the artifacts in the gallery by leaving everything blank and clicking the Search button.
Entering multiple paramaters will narrow your search results. For example, entering "gardens" and selecting "Landscapes\Yards and Gardens" will return only the artifacts in the Landscapes\Yards and Gardens category of the exhibit that include the word "garden".
For best results with keywords, search for singular items rather than plural. For example, enter "house" rather than "houses".
For other online photo collections, see the Folklife in Louisiana Links page.
The Photo Gallery includes works of many folklorists and photographers.
For more information about the photographers, see the Credits page.