What is Cajun?

  • (noun): A Louisianian descended from Acadian immigrants from Nova Scotia ('Cajun' comes from 'Acadian').

Cajun

Cajuns ( /ˈkeɪdʒən/; French: les Cadiens or les Acadiens, ) are an ethnic group mainly living in the U.S. state of Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles (French-speakers from Acadia in what are now the Canadian Maritimes). Today, the Cajuns make up a significant portion of south Louisiana's population, and have exerted an enormous impact on the state's culture.

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Cajun Accordion - History
... popular by the early 1900s (decade), eventually becoming a staple of Cajun music ... As a result, some Cajuns began producing their own instruments, based on the popular one-row German accordions but with modifications to suit the nuances of the Cajun playing style ... Since the end of World War II, there has been a surge in the number of Cajun accordion makers in Louisiana, as well as several in Texas ...
Cajun Accordion
... A Cajun accordion also known as a squeezebox is single-row diatonic button accordion used for playing Cajun music ...
Louisiana French
... The most widely spoken form of Louisiana French is Cajun French, sometimes known as Louisiana Regional French ... but has now largely been subsumed into the Cajun dialect ... African-American, Black, Chitimacha, Houma, Biloxi, Tunica, Choctaw, White, Cajun, Acadian, French, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Syrian, Lebanese, Irish and others ...
Cajun - Tributes
... color) director Walter Hill, starring Powers Boothe Belizaire the Cajun (1986, color) director Glen Pitre, starring Armand Assante Little Chenier (2006, color) director ... (1894) by Kate Chopin who wrote about the Creoles and Cajuns (Acadiens) ... book author Mary Alice Fontenot wrote several volumes on Cajun culture and history ...
Lee Benoit - Inspiration and First Recording
... At the age of 29, he was inspired to take up the accordion by hearing the Cajun performer Wayne Toups ... Lee fell in love with the instrument and playing Cajun music ... He soon added Cajun songs to his set lists ...