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Re: Ponderings-songs new, old, and everything in between-it's all good

Very interesting conversation folks.
As I said previously: The language is never dead until YOU decide it is.
As long as there will be a criticall mass of people interested in speaking it, promoting it and passing it on to their kids, there's hope, and it will always be there.
Nothing can change the devastating effect of the american melting pot phisolophy to the prior generations. However, every one who has a an interest in the French language and cajun culture can attest that there is a renaissance movement going on.
Having said all of that, assimilation is also taking its toll on Acadian communities here in Canada too (to a lesser degree than yours). The challenges are very similar to yours however. Although in Canada we enjoy a better support system (where multi culturalism is embrace vs. melting pot), and where francophone minorities have a constitutional protection in our Constitution, it is a fact that a in a large percentage of cases, when an anglo and a franco get together and create a family, only about 75% of the kids from these unions will maintain French. That's a scary statistic.

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And, Dowell, a lot of these people also come from Europe. Here are just a few of them that play good Cajun music :





Netherlands :



United Kingdom :



Denmark, Sweden, Norway :



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A weird twist to this story, is that I'm one of that generation who, almost subconsciously, tried to "protect" our children by not teaching French a home. And in my battle to reach the door to "escape" the culture and language that caused me all sorts of problems, at school and almost anywhere else that I went, I am almost overrun by all of these people that were trying to come in to learn my culture/language. Lucky for me, my son was of one of these, and helped me to see what was really happening. From that I can sense that there is a chance for our music and culture to survive, and probably even the language, with some losses.

Dowell Lafleur

Teach your children well...

Oddly, I was reading an article in Hawaii magazine, regarding the diminishing effects of the "old ways and language of the Pacific islanders".

Yes perhaps it is, as a matter of fact.
The article was dated Sept. 04 ... so it's somewhat of a contemporary view of a diminishing cultural effect, very much like the cultural segment concerne posted here.
Simply titled "Teach your children well."

Any wonder as to why? That is to say; why would any elder hope to cling to that which was, and, hope to enrich a generation that is vastly influenced by outsiders in a contemporary media world? Roots? Hope? Legasy? Rememberance?

The answer to that, is contained (though varied)in the view point of each and every person, and,it may never come to a single hopeful conclusion. Sad? Perhaps it is, and it may not be totally understood for decades, once gone (of the importance).

Chris Miller, Jude Moreau (and many others): What you are doing for your children (and theirs to come) is a lesson for us each... you and your wives have my total respect. Others? well what can you say beyond .... "Teach your children well"

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