Folklife in the Florida Parishes







Published by Louisiana Folklife Program Louisiana Division of the Arts Office of Cultural Development Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism and Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.


These essays originally appeared in the book, Folklife in the Florida Parishes, co-published in 1988 by the Louisiana Folklife Program within the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University, and reflects fieldwork done in 1984. This second online edition includes minor editorial changes. Refer to Florida Parishes Folklife Project: In Retrospect for a report on the project. While supplies last, free copies of the book are available to Florida Parishes school libraries.

About the Writers

Harry P. Becnel, Jr. documented the Independence community while living there and teaching at Southeastern Louisiana University in the Department of Sociology, Social Welfare, and Criminal Justice.

Nancy Bernstein is an anthropologist who was freelancing in Louisiana at the time.

Susan Garrett Davis, a native Felicianan, was a writer at Louisiana State University.

Joel Gardner is an oral historian now in New Jersey specializing in oral history and history of corporations.

Janice Dee Gilbert was a journalist in St. Tammany Parish.

H. F. "Pete" Gregory is an anthropologist at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Joy J. Jackson was an oral historian at the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Joyce Marie Jackson is an anthropologist in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University.

Maida Owens is an anthropologist and director of the Louisiana Folklife Program.

Virginia Romero taught at Albany High School in the 1970s and researched the Hungarian community.

Ben Sandmel is a music writer based in New Orleans.