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"Franco-American Identity, Community, and La Guiannée"$
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Anna Servaes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462104

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462104.001.0001

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Heritage, History, and Continuity

Heritage, History, and Continuity

(p.153) Chapter Ten Heritage, History, and Continuity
"Franco-American Identity, Community, and La Guiannée"

Anna Servaes

University Press of Mississippi

Heritage and history become the linguistic communication for the Franco-American communities of the Midwest. By an attachment to their French heritage identity, community members create cultural connections across a time-space continuum and with other Francophone cultures. Popular culture festivals, like the Rendezvous, reflect folklore elements since the participants in these festivals articulate their heritage culture as they learned it from their family or community. Stories surrounding events at these festivals become symbols to vocalize the history and heritage of conflicts, values, and culture. The communities choose the symbols through the basis of an historical identity; that is, these symbols are already defined through the cultural influences on the consciousness, learned from one generation to the next. To an outsider these symbols may seem contrived or arbitrary, but they are essential to the cultural continuity of the identity.

Keywords:   Heritage and History, Identity and Attachment, Cultural Connections, Popular Culture Festivals, Symbols and Cultural Continuity

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