Oct 9, 2013 7:29 PM by akeam ashford
The Acadian Museum in Erath is hosting a group of Acadians from Canada as they prepare for this weekend's Festivals Acadiens et Creoles.
The group is from an area called Memramcook, in New Brunswick, Canada.
This is considered the cradle of the Acadian culture, because the survivors there hid from the British while others were exiled. This was the only pocket of Acadians who weren't deported or had their town burned down.
Museum Director Warren Perrin says this isn't your typical museum visit. He says this time it feels different because these Acadians are like family.
"I think it's very poignant that we have the people from Canada who kept the Acadian culture alive coming to visit the Cajuns here who did the same in south Louisiana," says Perrin.
Claude Boudreau is a museum director in Canada. He says these visitors are direct descendants of the same Acadians who came to Louisiana.
In Canada, Alcide Leblanc was a superintendent of schools. He says seeing how Acadians survived in Louisiana makes him proud to know Acadians can thrive anywhere.
"To see Acadians in the United States of America it represents me a great deal. It means we are spread all around the world," says Leblanc.
One highlight for the visitors is this week's Festivals Acadiens et Creoles. Vice President of Programming Pat Mould says the group brings a unique perspective to this year's festival.
"We want to share with them how the Acadian culture has evolved into the cajun culture. Share with them our music, our food, our love of life, and the french language," says Mould.
The festival starts Friday, in Lafayette's Girard Park, and runs through Sunday.
Each day the festival will have Cajun and Creole music, food, and crafts for Acadians and non-Acadians alike.
It's open free to the public.