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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.123) Chapter Eight Foodways
"Franco-American Identity, Community, and La Guiannée"

Anna Servaes

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter considers food along the Guiannée’s journey on New Year’s Eve. Traditionally, food was offered during the carnival time to nourish the community, including the indigent, during the winter months when no crops were available. The prepared meals and other foods are offered in exchange for the performance. In the Midwest, the main communal meal is a chicken bouillon, a chicken soup. Offering and sharing food during the carnival season renews the solidarity among the members through forgiveness of past conflicts. Sharing meals also contributes to the collective imagination and cultural transmission through the stories or information recalled at these communal meals.

Keywords:   Exchange for Performance, Bouillon, Adaptation of Tradition, Communal Meal and Forgiveness, Cultural Transmission

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