May 28, 2014 3:39 PM by KATC

Free healing traditions lecture Saturday

The Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners Association is partnering with the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park for a free series, Healing Traditions is Acadiana, continuing on Saturday, May 31st from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Vermilionville's Performance Center.

The Healing Traditions in Acadiana series aims to broaden local historical knowledge of healing practices in Acadiana by making the public aware of the need to preserve medicinal plants as well as the knowledge of their uses.

This lecture series also serves as an introduction to the general public about the healing traditions of the Cajun and Creole peoples of the area as well as the need to preserve medicinal plants and knowledge of their uses.

For this installment of the series, Todd Bourque, originally from Scott, will lead a discussion on "Where tradition meets enlightenment: healing and the impact of science and medicine in Spanish Louisiana."

This presentation will explore the intersections of traditional healing methods, and the influences of scientific and medicinal knowledge that aided in the survival and subsequent thriving of the Acadian exiles that settled in the Attakapas region.

Bourque currently resides in Youngsville and is an instructor of history at South Louisiana Community College. He continues to research and write, and his interests include colonial medical history, its impact on society, its practices and its European influences.

Healing Traditions in Acadiana is a free series in partnership with the Lafayette Parish Master Gardners,the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park. For more information about the series visit or call (337) 233-4077.


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