Heritage Area Reading List

To learn more about the culture of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, enjoy the following reading materials:

  • Ancelet, Barry Jean. 1994. Cajun and Creole Folktales: The French Oral Tradition of South Louisiana. New York: Garland Publishing.

  • Ancelet, Barry Jean. 1999. Cajun and Creole Music Makers: Musiciens cadiens et creoles. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Ancelet, Barry Jean. 1989. Cajun Music: Its Origins and Development. Lafayette: University of Southwestern Louisiana, Center for Louisiana Studies.

  • Ancelet, Barry Jean. 1989. "Capitaine Voyage Ton Flag": The Traditional Cajun Country Mardi Gras. Louisiana Life Series, No. 1. Lafayette, LA: The Center for Louisiana Studies. (P.O. Box 40831, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504-0831).

  • Ancelet, Barry Jean, Jay Edwards, and Glen Pitre. 1991. Cajun Country. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Armistead, Samuel G. 1992. The Spanish Tradition in Louisiana. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta.

  • Barry, John M. 1998. Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood and How It Changed America. New York: Simon & Schuster.

  • Bernard, Shane H. 2013. Les Cadiens et leurs ancetres acadians. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Bernard, Shane H. 1996. Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm & Blues. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Bodin, Ron. 1990. Voodoo, Past and Present. Louisiana Life Series, No. 5. Lafayette, Louisiana: The Center for Louisiana Studies (P.O. Box 40831, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504-0831).

  • Bond, Bradley G., ed. 2005. French Colonial Louisiana and the Atlantic World. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press.

  • Brasseaux, Carl A. 2005. French, Cajun, Creole, Houma: A Primer on Francophone Louisiana. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

  • Brasseaux, Carl A. 2011. Acadiana: Louisiana’s Historic Cajun Country.  Baton Rouge:  Louisiana State University Press

  • Cenac, Sr., Christopher Everette. 2013. Livestock Brands & Marks 1822-1946 Pioneer Families Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Comeaux, Malcolm. 1972. Atchafalaya Swamp Life Settlement and Folk Occupations. Geoscience and Man, Vol II. Baton Rouge: LSU School of Geoscience.

  • Conrad, Glenn R., and Brasseaux, Carl A. Crevasse!: The 1927 Flood in Acadiana. Lafayette, Louisiana: The Center for Louisiana Studies, 1994.

  • Costello, Brian J. A History of Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana: The Murray G. LeBeau Memorial Edition. Donaldsonville, Louisiana: Margaret Media, 2010.

  • Costello, Brian J. Cést ça yé dit: Creole Folk Tales, Superstitions, Remedies, Customs, Nicknames and Linguistic Peculiarities of Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana. New Roads, Louisiana: New Roads Printing, 2004.

  • Costello, Brian J. Desolation Unmeasured...: The Tragic History of Floods in Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana. New Roads, Louisiana: New Roads Printing, 2007.

  • Davis, Donald W.  Washed Away?:  The Invisible Peoples of Louisiana’s Wetlands.  Lafayette, Louisiana:  University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2010.

  • de Caro, F. A. 1990. Folklife in Louisiana Photography: Images of Tradition. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

  • de Caro, F. A. and R. A. Jordan. 1980. Louisiana Traditional Crafts. Baton Rouge, La.: LSU Union Gallery. (out of print, available in Louisiana libraries).

  • Delcambre, Kenneth. 1987. Lords of the Basin: History of the Lost Village...Atchafalaya. Henderson, LA: Kenneth Delcambre.

  • Din, Gilbert C. 1999. The Canary Islanders of Louisiana. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press.

  • Edmonds, David C. Yankee Autumn in Acadiana: A Narrative of the Great Texas Overland Expedition through Southwestern Louisiana October - December 1863. Lafayette, Louisiana: The Center for Louisiana Studies, 2005.

  • Edwards, Jay and Nicolas Kariouk Pecquet du Bellay de Verton. 2004. A Creole Lexicon: Architecture, Landscape, People. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

  • Fontenot, Wonda, ed. 1994. 1994 Malaki Festival: A Community Reunion to Celebrate Rural African American Traditions. Opelousas, LA: Wannamuse Institute for Arts, Culture, and Ethnic Studies.

  • Fontenot, Wonda. 1994. Secret Doctors: Ethnomedicine of African Americans. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey, Greenwood Publishing Group. (Available from Bergin-Garvey/Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881.)

  • Frazier, Donald S. 2009.  Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-January 1863. Buffalo Gap, TX. McWhiney Foundation Press.

  • Frazier, Donald S. 2011. Thunder Across the Swamp:  The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February-May 1863.  College Station: Texas A & M University Press.

  • Frazier, Donald S. 2012.  Blood on the Bayou:  Tom Green's Texans and the Defense of Louisiana and Texas, July 1863-March 1864.  Buffalo Gap, TX.  McWhiney Foundation Press.

  • Frazier, Donald S. 2012. Death at the Landing: The Contest for the Red River and the Collapse of Confederate Louisiana.  Buffalo Gap, TX. McWhiney Foundation Press.

  • Frantom, Marcy, ed. 1993. Louisiana Folklife. Special Issue: African-American Folklife in Louisiana, Volume XVII, 1993 Issue. Natchitoches, Louisiana: The Louisiana Folklife Center (Box 3663, NSU, Natchitoches, LA 71497).

  • Gardner, Joel, ed. 1983. A Better Life: Italian-Americans in South Louisiana. New Orleans: American-Italian Federation of the Southeast.

  • Gaudet, Marcia. 1984. Tales from the Levee. Lafayette: University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

  • Gould, Philip - Introduction by Barry Jean Ancelet. 1992. Cajun Music and Zydeco. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

  • Gutierrez, C. Page. 1992. Cajun Foodways. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Harelson, Randy, Brian Costello and Richard Sexton. September 2012. New Roads and Old Rivers: Louisiana's Historic Pointe Coupee Parish. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press.
  • Hebert-Leiter, Maria. 2009. Becoming Cajun, Becoming American: The Acadian in American Literature from Longfellow to James Lee Burke. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

  • Hollandsworth, James G. The Louisiana Native Guards: The Black Military Experience during the Civil War. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1995.

  • Houck, Oliver A. 2010. Down on the Batture. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Irwin, Sam. 2014. Louisiana Crawfish, A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean. Charleston, SC: The History Press.
  • Kniffen, Fred B., H. F. Gregory, and G. A. Stokes. 1994. The Historic Indian Tribes of Louisiana. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

  • La Fleur, John, Brian Costello and Norris Fontenot. 2013. Louisiana's French Creole Culinary and Linguistic Traditions. Missouri: Mirabooksmart.com.

  • Langley, Linda, Susan Lejeune, and Claude Oubre, eds. 1995. Les Raconteurs: Treasure Lore and More. Eunice, LA: Louisiana State University - Eunice. Folklife Series, Volume 1.

  • Langley, Linda, Susan Lejeune, and Claude Oubre, eds. 1996. Les Artistes: Crafters Tell Their Tales. Eunice, LA: Louisiana State University at Eunice. Folklife Series, Volume 2.

  • Langley, Linda, Susan Lejeune, and Claude Oubre, eds. 1997. Les Reviel des Fetes: Revitalized Celebrations and Performance Traditions. Eunice, LA: Louisiana State University at Eunice. Folklife Series, Volume 3.

  • Langley, Linda, Susan Lejeune, and Claude Oubre, eds. 1998. Les Vieus Temps: Recreation and Family Traditions in Southwest Louisiana. Eunice, LA: Louisiana State University at Eunice. Folklife Series, Volume 4.

  • Latimer, Beverly D. and Phoebe D. Vermillion. 1988. Crafts Talk: Visits with Five Traditional Louisiana Craftspeople. Lafayette, LA: Lafayette Natural History Museum.

  • Lee, Dayna Bowker, ed. 1992. Le Garde-Manger: Preserving Our Treasured Memories. Baton Rouge, LA: Mother Daybreak Press (263 Third Street, Suite 101, Baton Rouge, LA 70802). Interviews with Preston Cailleteau, F. O. "Potch" Didier, and Della and Edwin Normand of Avoyelles Parish, LA. Interviews, photography, and design by D.L. Bennett.

  • LeGrange, Clifford. 2011. Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana, Spirit of the Atchafalaya.  Published by Clifford J. LeGrange.

  • Lindahl, Carl, and Carolyn Ware. 1997. Cajun Mardi Gras Masks. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Lindahl, Carl, Maida Owens, and Renée Harvison, eds. 1997. Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Lockwood, C. C. 2007. C. C. Lockwood's Atchafalaya. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

  • Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Quarterly magazine published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 225 Baronne St, Suite 1414, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504/523-4352. Subscription.

  • Louisiana Folklife. Periodical published by the Louisiana Folklife Society, Box 3663, NSU, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Back issues of the magazine are available, including special issues on folk cures, Houma Indian folklore, and African Americans. An index is online.

  • Louisiana Folklore Miscellany. Periodical published by the Louisiana Folklore Society.

  • Lowe, Richard G. 2004. Walker's Texas Division, CSA: Greyhounds of the Trans-Mississippi. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press.

  • Mayeux, Steven M. Earthen Walls, Iron Men: Fort DeRussy, Louisiana, and the  Defense of Red River. Knoxville, Tennessee: The University of Tennessee Press, 2007.

  • McCutchan, Ann 2012 River Music: An Atchafalaya Story with a CD of Atchafalaya soundscapes recorded and composed by Earl Robicheaux.  College Station, Texas, Texas A & M University Press.

  • McPhee, John. 1990. The Control of Nature. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

  • Merrill, Ellen C. 2005. Germans of Louisiana. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

  • Mocsary, Victoria Ann. 1990. Arpadhon: The Largest Rural Hungarian Settlement in the United States. Hammond, LA: Center for Regional Studies, Southeastern Louisiana University. Folklife in the Florida Parishes, Volume 6.

  • Olivier, Rick and Ben Sandmel. 1999. ZYDECO! Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Orso, Ethelyn. 1990. The St. Joseph Altar Traditions of South Louisiana. Louisiana Life Series, No. 4. Lafayette, Louisiana: The Center for Louisiana Studies (P.O. Box 40831, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504-0831).

  • Ouchley, Kelby. 2011. Bayou-Diversity: Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

  • Ouchley, Kelby. 2010. Flora and Fauna of the Civil War: An Environmental Reference Guide. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press.

  • Piazza, Bryan P. 2014. The Atchafalaya River Basin:
    History and Ecology of an American Wetland. College Station, Texas: Texas A & M University Press.
     
  • Poesch, Jesse and Barbara SoRelle Bacot. 1997. Louisiana Buildings 1720 - 1940. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
  • Red Shoes' People: A History of the Sovereign Nation of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. 1992. Elton, LA: Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. (P.O. Box 818, Elton, LA, 70532).
  • Reese, William Dean. 2004. Mamou: Acadian Folklore, Natural History, and Botany of the Mamou Plant. Lafayette, Louisiana: Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

  • Reuss, Martin. 2004.  Designing the Bayous: The Control of Water in the Atchafalaya Basin, 1800-1995. Corpus Christi: Gulf Coast Books sponsored by Texas A & M University.
  • Riquelmy, Christina, ed. 1994. Documenting Selected Louisiana Ethnic Groups: A Theme Issue of LLA Bulletin. Vol 57, No. 1. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana Library Association (P.O. Box 3058, Baton Rouge, LA 70801). Italians, Lebanese, Vietnamese, and Louisiana Indians: Chitimacha, Coushatta, Tunica-Biloxi, Caddo, Choctaw Apache, Clifton Choctaw, Jena Band of Choctaw, and the United Houma Nation.
  • Roland, Gwen - With Photographs by C. C. Lockwood. 2006. Atchafalaya Houseboat: My Years in the Louisiana Swamp. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
  • Roland, Charles P. 1997. Louisiana Sugar Plantations During the Civil War. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press. 

  • Rosen, Robert N. 2000.The Jewish Confederates. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press.

  • Rothfeder, Jeffery. 2007. McIlhenny's Gold: How a Louisiana Family Built the Tabasco Empire. New York, New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

  • Savoy, Ann. 1984. Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People. Eunice, LA: Bluebird Press.

  • Saxon, Lyle. 2000. Father Mississippi: The Story of the Great Flood of 1927. Gretna: Pelican Publishing.

  • Sonnier, Jr., Austin. 1990. Second Linin': Jazzmen of Southwest Louisiana, 1900-1950. Louisiana Life Series, No. 3. Lafayette, LA: The Center for Louisiana Studies. (P.O. Box 40831, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504-0831).

  • Southern Folklore. Lexington: University of Kentucky. This journal was formerly published three times a year and is available in many university libraries. It is an excellent source for articles about Louisiana as well as the greater South.
  • Spitzer, Nicholas. 1985. Louisiana Folklife: A Guide to the State. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Folklife Program. (out of print, available in Louisiana libraries) United Houma Nation. [n.d.] The Houma People of Louisiana: A Story of Indian Survival. Golden Meadow, LA: United Houma Nation. Available from the United Houma Nation, Rt. 1, Box 95A, Golden Meadow, LA 70357, 504/475-6640.
  • Spurlin, Charles., comp. 1971. West of the Mississippi with Waller's 13th Texas Cavalry Battalion. Waco, Texas: Texian Press.

  • Tidwell, Mike. 2004.  Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast.  Vintage Press.
  • Warren, Karen. 1982. Feast of St. Joseph: Labor of Love by the Faithful. Folklife in the Florida Parishes Series, Vol. I. Hammond, LA: Center for Regional Studies, Southeastern Louisiana University (Box 730, University Station, Hammond, LA 70402).
  • Wilson, Charles Reagan and William Ferris, eds. 1989. Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Includes concise essays on all aspects of the south including hard-to-find subjects such as Air-conditioning, Catfish, Collard Greens, Smokehouse, Greeks, Cultural Landscape, Cemeteries, Funerals, Grave Markers, Ethnic Geography, Gardens and Gardening, Debutantes, Music Industry, African Influences, English Language, New Orleans English, Drawl, Southern Film, rock & roll, Spirituals, Mythic South, Celtic South, Good Ole Boys and Girls, "Mammy", Rednecks, Sambo, Cheerleading and Twirling, Pentecostalism, African Methodist Episcopal Churches, Dirt Eating (Geophagy), Tenant Farmers, Attitudes Towards Crime, Race Riots, Nightriders, Belles and Ladies, Child-raising Customs, Women Healers, Marriage and Courtship, Afro-American Quilting, and Anglo-American Quilting.
  • Winters, John D. 1963. The Civil War in Louisiana. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press.