Lunchtime Lagniappe at Capitol Park Museum: Folklore Figures of French and Creole Louisiana

Lunchtime Lagniappe: Folktales in Louisiana

Wed, Jan 10, 2024
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Baton Rouge
Capitol Park Museum

Bring your lunch and join us for Lunchtime Lagniappe at Capitol Park Museum! Lunchtime Lagniappe is an ongoing series of brown-bag talks that start at noon and last approximately an hour. This event is FREE and open to the public. 

Join Dr. Nathan J. Rabalais, the Joseph P. Montiel Endowed Professor of Francophone Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, as he delves into the influence of Louisiana's richly diverse cultural and ethnic communities on folklore characters and themes during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Drawing connections between Louisiana and regions such as France, West Africa, Canada, and the Antilles, Rabalais investigates the adaptation of folk characters, themes, and moral lessons to their new environments in Louisiana. Through the lens of Louisiana's immigration history, he reveals how folktales can serve as indicators of sociocultural adaptation and interactions among different cultural communities. 

This program is in association with Mitoloji Latannyèr / Mythologies Louisianaises, currently on view at Capitol Park Museum. Dr. Rabalais' latest book, Folklore Figures of French and Creole Louisiana (2021) is available on the  LSU Press website.