Acknowledgments and Credits for the Folklife in Louisiana Website and the Creole State Exhibit
About the Contributors – Photographers and Writers
Additional acknowledgements and credits are listed in Louisiana Voices Folklife in Education Project.
Folklife in Louisiana Website
Website Producer/Curator, Maida Owens
Graphic and Website Design, ZigZag
Webmaster, Greg Wirth
Past Website Support, Tamika Edwards Raby
About the Contributors – Photographers and Writers
The Folklife in Louisiana website presents the work of many photographers and writers who have documented Louisiana traditional cultures.
Barry Jean Ancelet, Ph.D., is a folklorist and professor of Francophone studies at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.
Fabienne Ardus is a French Immersion teacher at the Episcopal School of Acadiana in Cade, Louisiana, and provided French translations of two units.
Shane Bernard is a Ph.D. candidate in history and historian/archivist for McIhenny Company of Avery Island, Louisiana.
Greg Bowman was a Mennonite missionary with the Methodist center who worked with the Houmas Indians in the 1980s.
C. Ray Brassieur, Ph.D., is an anthropologist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the anthropology department.
Syndey Byrd is a cultural documentary photographer in New Orleans. She may be contacted at 3470 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119, 504/821-3528.
Madeline Domangue Cagle is a folklorist and instructor in English at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.
Dana David received a Ph.D. in Francophone Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and now resides in Lafayette.
Marc David received a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of North Carolina.
Frank de Caro, Ph.D., is a folklorist and has retired from the Department of English at Louisiana State University.
Nicholas Rey Deriso is a journalist who pursues an interest in blues from his base in Monroe, Louisiana.
Jerry Devillier is a photographer in Eunice, Louisiana.
David Doucet is a Cajun musician and guitarist for the band BeauSoleil. He also is publisher of Louisiana Databook.
Sheri Lane Dunbar Ironwood is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology in Phoenix, Arizona.
Marcy Frantom, M.A., in English with a folklore emphasis, researches cemetery material culture.
Robert Gates, M.A., is a folklorist, who also served as the Louisiana Folklife Program director from 1986-1988.
Marcia Gaudet, Ph.D., was a folklorist in the Department of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Adrian Gauthier is a photographer in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Al Godoy is a photographer and videographer at Louisiana Public Broadcasting and former photographer for the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
Betsy Gordon received a Ph.D. in Speech Communication with a dissertation on the shrimp fleet blessing from Louisiana State University and teaches at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois.
Philip Gould is a cultural documentary photographer based in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. He may be contacted at PO Box 4608, Lafayette, LA 70502, 337/234-5076.
Carol Gravois graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.A. degree in anthropology.
H. F. "Pete" Gregory, Ph.D. is an anthropologist and director of the Williamson Museum who teaches in the Department of Social Sciences at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
C. Renee Harvison, M.A., in English with a concentration in folklore, is currently in market research for Sprint in Overland Park, Kansas.
Connie Herndon is a Ph.D. candidate in English with a concentration in folklore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Joyce Marie Jackson, Ph.D. is an ethnomusicologist and folklorist and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Peter Jones, M.F.A., was a visual artist teaching art at Louisiana Tech University.
Terry Jones, Ph.D., is a historian at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Rosan Augusta Jordan, Ph.D., is a folklorist and has retired from the Department of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Kathy Kilbourne, Ph.D., is an anthropologist in New Orleans.
Tracey E. W. Laird is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan completing her dissertation on the country music traditions of Shreveport and the Louisiana Hayride.
Laura Landry, M.A., is an archeologist in Houston, Texas.
Dayna Bowker Lee, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and was the Regional Folklorist for the Red River Valley and Neutral Strip at the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Carl Lindahl, Ph.D,. is a folklorist and narrative specialist in the Department of English at the University of Houston.
Michael Luster, Ph.D., is a folklorist and was director of the Louisiana Folklife Festival Louisiana Folklife Festival in Monroe, Louisiana from 1996 - 2005.
Pat Mire is an independent filmmaker in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Elemore Morgan was an artist and photographer at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Rick Olivier is a Louisiana native and an award-winning New Orleans photographer. His work, which has been internationally exhibited, is part of the permanent collections of both the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Historic New Orleans Collection. His photographs are featured in his publication with Ben Sandmel, Zydeco!
Kelby Ouchley of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosts "Bayou Diversity," a weekly radio feature on public radio station KEDM in Monroe, Louisiana.
Maida Owens, M.A., is an anthropologist and has been Louisiana Folklife Program director since 1988.
J. Nash Porter was a photographer based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Courtney Ramsay is a folklorist and creative writer as well as a teacher of high school English.
Miriam Rich worked as a Mennonite missionary with the Clifton Choctaw Indians in the 1980s.
Ulysses S. Ricard was a linguist and folklife researcher in New Orleans before his death.
Lisa Richardson, M.A., is an ethnomusicologist in Los Angeles, California.
Susan Roach, Ph.D., is a folklorist and Regional Folklorist for Northeast and North Central Louisiana in the Department of English at Louisiana Tech University.
Katherine Roberts, Ph.D., is a folklorist specializing in English as a Second Language instruction.
Ronnie E. Roshto teaches at Poland Junior High School in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Janet Ryland, M.A., is a folklorist in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Mona Lisa Saloy is a poet and Assistant Professor of English and director of Creative Writing at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Ben Sandmel, B.A. folklore, is a journalist and musician in New Orleans.
Ann Savoy is a writer and musician specializing in documenting Cajun music based in Eunice, Louisiana.
Rocky Sexton is an anthropologist at Wright State University.
Janet Shoemaker worked as a Mennonite missionary in northwest Louisiana.
Mark Sindler is a photographer and videographer with the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
Michael P. Smith was a cultural documentary photographer, folklife researcher, and author in New Orleans specializing in New Orleans culture and Mardi Gras Indians.
Nicholas R. Spitzer, Ph.D. is a folklorist, professor of folklore and cultural conservation at Tulane University, and host/producer of American Routes on Public Radio International. He was the first Louisiana Folklife Program director from 1979-1985.
Annie Staten was an elementary school librarian in Monroe, Louisiana, who participated in the Louisiana Delta Folklife Project Field School.
Mary Van Rheenan, M.A., is an anthropologist who did fieldwork in the Ebarb community and served as an intern at the Louisiana Folklife Program.
Jane Vidrine, M..Ed., was director of the Louisiana Folklife Festival in 1984 and 1985.
Calvin Voisin is an Atchafalaya Basin fisherman and photographer.
Rose Walker, Ph.D., documented the Louisiana Czech community for her dissertation in education.
Shana Walton, PhD., is a linguistic anthropologist at Nicholls State University
Diane Wanek is a graphic designer and was original designer of the Folklife in Louisiana website.
Carolyn Ware, Ph.D., is a folklorist in the Louisiana State University English Department. She was director of the Louisiana Folklife Festival in 1989-91.
Laura Westbrook, Ph.D., is a folklore and was Regional Folklorist for Greater New Orleans at the University of New Orleans.
Thomas Wintz of Wintz Photography is a photographer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Greg Wirth is webmaster for the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism.
The exhibit was in the Louisiana State Capitol from 1985 until 2002 and managed by the Louisiana Folklife Program within the Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism.
Originally curated by Nicholas R. Spitzer for installation at the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition's Louisiana Folklife Pavilion, the exhibit was moved to the State Capitol in 1985. In 1994, the current director Maida Owens renovated the exhibit and added over 100 folk artifacts. Exhibit designers Jill Jeskin and Gordon Linge designed and installed both the original exhibit and the renovation. In 2002, the exhibit was removed. Some artifacts became part of the Louisiana State Museum's exhibits at the Louisiana State History Museum in Baton Rouge. In 2013, part of the exhibit was reinstalled in the State Capitol.
The following people contributed to efforts to keep the exhibit current by assisting the Louisiana Folklife Program in identifying and interpreting Louisiana's folk traditions:
Pam Breaux, H. F. Gregory, Joyce Jackson, Maida Owens, Susan Roach, Nicholas R. Spitzer, Gregory Stone, Melissa Green, and Douglas Raymond
These individuals and organizations contributed their support and expertise to this exhibition:
Office of the Governor, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Louisiana Senate Louisiana, House of Representatives, House Arts Committee, Senator and Mrs. Russell Long, Pat Pickens, Louisiana Office of State Buildings, Charles Schwing and Associates, and Anne Price.