In tribute to CONGO SQUARE & STORYVILLE in New Orleans!
Zydeco is Fun....Everybody can dance to the zydeco music because zydeco will lift your spirit up higher and higher. You will never stop dancing, it's contagious. Bring your style, it might entitle you to $2,000 and more. If You win, it automatically qualifies you to DEFEND your title the following year. Become Zydeco Dance World CHAMPS at the 2021 Pacific Northwest International Jazz-Zydeco Heritage Festival. The Pacific Northwest, we are setting the pace for Zydeco Dance Competition.
Zydeco is a popular accordion based music of Louisiana's Black Creoles, the French speaking Indigenous of the prairies of south central and southwest Louisiana. Contrary to the popular belief, it is not Cajun in origin.
Cajun music is the music of the caucasian Cajuns of south Louisiana, while zydeco is the music of the Indigenous Blacks speaking Creoles of the same region. Both have common areas in Louisiana and influences, and there is much overlap in the repertoire and style of each
(Zydeco is a music genre that evolved in southwest Louisiana by the French Creole speakers which in an alternative theory derives from the ATAKAPA people)
Thus you have the French Creoles of southern Louisiana, founders of Zydeco...... the connection of the Acadians entering from Canada and other mixtures. The Acadians from French Canada, became the Cajuns, The French Creoles were a combination mixed of those Acadians, indigenous, and Africans. Zydeco is a music genre that evolved in southwest Louisiana by the French Creole speakers which in an alternative theory derives from the ATAKAPA people.
At the Pacific Northwest International Jazz-Zydeco Heritage Festival - REGISTER AT THE FESTIVAL for the Zydeco Dance Contest . MUST be 21 and OVER! WIN BIG $$ Pacific Northwest Bring Your Style to Us Winning 2020 couple return the following year to defend title.
THE MUSICAL and CULTURAL ROOTS of LOUISIANA CREOLE and ZYDECO FIDDLE TRADITION through CANRAY FONTENOT (A MUST READ)
Dr. Ivan Gladstone Van Sertima was a Guyanese-born associate professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University in the United States. He was best known for his Olmec alternative origin speculations, a brand of pre-Columbian contact theory, which he proposed in his book They Came Before Columbus . He attended also SOAS University of London and The University of London.
Zydeco, a music genre created by Southwest Louisiana's Indigenous Black Creoles (a group of people of mixed Indigenous/African, Afro Caribbeans & European Descent, offered the rural poor a way to express themselves and escape the hardships of everyday life in the South, with grace, style and artistry.)
The so-called Native Americans, were they actually, the so-called, "Free People of Color"? Site, "Free People of Color, in Colonial Natchez, Miss. (1700-1798)
In honor of INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY and International Creole Heritage Month. Louisiana Creole cooking would not be the world renown cuisine it is today were it not for the contribution of the Indigenous people. I honor all my relations! My family is a tapestry of many peoples. This is Nick Ducré. I am related to the Ducrés of Bayou LaCombe and Nick Ducré is an ancestor of mine. He was a Choctaw filé maker, businessman and STORYTELLER. Any Ducrés from the North Shore, Bayou LaCombe, Bayou Bonfuca, Slidell or anywhere in St. Tammany Parish—WE ARE FAMILY!!
St Lucia International Creole Heritage
Arts & Heritage Festival
Oct 23rd - Oct 24th 2020
In 1764, The Atakapa Nation was confiscated by Joseph Broussard Beausoleil (previously released from prison in Halifax, Nova Scotia along with 200 Acadians, They at first arrived in Saint Dominique (present day Haiti, then on to New Orleans on The Santo Dominigo), the Acadians, now called the Cajuns on Feb 27th, 1765. (The Founding of New Acadia: The Beginnings of Acadian Life in Louisiana, 1765 - 1803), by Acadian Author/Historian, Dr. Carl A. Brasseaux). After a brief stay in New Orleans, (receiving their land deeds from two Acadian landowners, though it is noted that the majority of the Atakapas fought against this land deal) they proceeded to Plagumines Parish, then on to the land of the Atakapas. Once the Acadians arrived, their tribe was decimated by infectious disease. The question is, how could they have been decimated as a tribe, after having lived there as Indigenous people before the European's arrival? Their remaining people reside in southern Louisiana and Texas. People identifying as Atakapa-Ishak. What is the controversy surrounding that land deal between them and the Atakapas, who by the way, became infected with disease AND LOST THEIR TRIBAL STATURE and had to assemble within the CADDO tribe because of such.
The Founding of New Acadia: The Beginnings of Acadian Life in Louisiana, 1765-1803. In this penetrating study, Dr. Carl A. Brasseaux looks beyond long-standing mythology to provide a critical account of early Acadian culture in Louisiana and the reasons for its survival and the impact on the Indigenous people of Louisiana.
He convincingly dispels many received notions about the routes Acadians traveled from Nova Scotia to Louisiana, their original settlement sites, and the patterns of their subsequent migrations within the state, and closely examines the relations of Louisiana's Acadians with their African, Spanish, Indian, and Creole neighbors.
Dr. Carl A. Brasseaux - Author
Acadian to Cajun: Transformation of A People, 1803-1877
French, Cajun, Creole, Houma: A Primer on Francophone Louisiana
Scattered to the Winds
Creoles of Color in The Bayou Country
Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country
Louisiana Creole is a term used to describe people whose ancestry traces to the state of Louisiana prior to the territory being acquired by the U.S. in the Louisiana Purchase. These people are mainly of French, Spanish, Indigenous/African heritage or a mixture of these heritages
The Atakapa-Ishak (uh-TAK-uh-paw – ee-SHAK), are a Southwest Louisiana/Southeast Texas tribe of ancient Indigenous people who lived in the Gulf of Mexico’s northwestern crescent and called themselves, Ishak.
Atakapa -Ishak Bands of SouthWest Louisiana and SouthEast Texas
We were already here, before the Spanish and the French and definitely before the 13 colonies and the 1804 Louisiana Purchase.
Congratulations are in order for Shawn Michael Jude Papillion, Shaman of the Atakapa-Ishak tribe. Shawn’s daughter, Maaliyah Papillion, was recently crowned Miss Louisiana. The Lake Charles native is a student at McNeese State University where she is studying Psychology with a minor in Biology. She toured Louisiana, and afterwards, she headed to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss USA pageant.
ATAKAPA Three Moon Festival
The history of the Creoles of Color in the prairie regions of Louisiana dates back to the early settlements of Louisiana. Their story is deeply inter-wined with the story of the growth and the development of an important farming and cattle-raising area of Louisiana.
Jane Landers is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. She has written a number of works on Africans in the Atlantic World, including the award-winning monographs, Black Society in Spanish Florida and Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions - There was another Underground Railroad, it headed SOUTH, to the Caribbeans and South America.
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Pacific Northwest International Jazz Zydeco Heritage Festival Tacoma Pierce County, WA. Labor Day Weekend (Sept 4th, 5th & 6th, 2021)
Pacific Northwest International Blues/Rhythm - Rock & Roll Festival Memorial Day Weekend (May 28th, 29 & 30th, 2022) brought to you by Real World EDA/NSEDA.
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Cynthia Dolliole of New Orleans, Our Special Guest of Honor. Dolliole family is from New Orleans and French Creole. Her family extends back to the early 1700s, before the Spanish and French occupation of the Louisiana Territory and before the existence of the 13 colonies in America and definitely before The Louisiana Purchase! Cynthia is also a music instructor at The Audubon School of Music, in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the meantime, read about the DOLLIOLE FAMILY HERE: http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/1324
The Dollioles at the time of the Louisiana Purchase start date, 1803.
Milford "Stack" Dolliole, Grandfather of Cynthia Elizabeth Dolliole, was a drummer for the New Orleans Brass Bands: Onward Brass Band and The Tuxedo Brass Band. They called him "Stack"
Oct 23, 1903 - May 2, 1994
"Bette Davis Eyes", Featuring one of our Jazz Artist, from La Pampa, Argentina. KAREN SOUZA is an Argentinian jazz and bossa nova singer, songwriter, and producer. See her Sept 5th, 2021 at our 3 Day Labor Day, Pacific Northwest International Jazz-Zydeco Heritage Festival, (Sept 4th, 5th and 6th, 2021) TACOMA, PIERCE COUNTY, WASHINGTON