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"Franco-American Identity, Community, and La Guiannée"

Anna Servaes


Travel with La Guiannée in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri and Prairie du Rocher, Illinois to glimpse the Franco-American cultural identity in these two Midwestern communities that have continued for over 250 years and even have survived language loss due in part to socio-political pressures. Cultural identity presents itself in many forms, not just language, and appears as festivals and traditional celebrations, which take on a more profound and visible role when language loss occurs. On New Year’s Eve, the guionneurs, those who participate in the celebration, disguise themselves in eighteenth-and n ... More

Keywords: La Guiannée or New Year’s Celebrations, Cultural Continuity, Liminal Theory, Community Affirmation, Cultural Identity in Festivals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781628462104
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Servaes, author
Schools of the Sacred Heart