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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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(p.201) Conclusion
"Franco-American Identity, Community, and La Guiannée"

Anna Servaes

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter concludes the study on La Guiannée of Ste. Genevieve and Prairie du Rocher by bringing together the idea individuals, people, or culture hold onto objects, songs, signs, and other symbols because of the memory they evoke. Memories attached to the Guiannée come from the participants’ imagination because the celebration adapts and changes at each place they perform. Festivals like the Rendezvous and the Jour de Fête create a medium to communicate culture to outsiders, maintaining an historical and cultural continuity. The Guiannée resonates between the known histories of the communities and the values passed on from the historical ancestors, a lieu de mémoire which links the two worlds. Heritage tourism and the availability of information provide valuable cultural exchanges, enabling individuals to share a common bond through the Guiannée.

Keywords:   Memory, Imagination, Historical and Cultural Continuity, Lieu de Mémoire, Cultural Exchange

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