Our fall 2020 issue of 64 Parishes presents a closer look at the folklife traditions of Louisiana. We open with a recognition of the six individuals and groups honored this year by the Louisiana Folklife Commission, then proceed to explore the complex history of Acadian brown cotton, the work of hoop-net fishermen in Avoyelles Parish, West African-rooted Easter Rock traditions, and the emergence of Eunice’s Liberty Theatre as a venue for Louisiana’s traditional music. We also continue our Split Press series on race and citizenship in the media with with the story of Black-owned newspapers’ involvement in civil rights work shortly after emancipation.
The issue also includes:
- Rien Fertel introduces us to Nik Cohn, a rock journalist obsessed with New Orleans
- An excerpt of new encyclopedia content, presenting the sad story of the Troyville Earthworks
- A tribute to Morgus the Magnificent, New Orleans’s horror host extraordinaire
- A thumbnail history of the Canary Islands, which provided many of Louisiana’s Spanish migrants
- Poetry by Brad Richard
- Richard Campanella tells us how Louisiana got the top of its boot
- Jessica B. Harris takes us along for a Red Beans Road Show
- Katy Reckdahl reports on duck decoy carvers in Lafourche Parish
- Ben Sandmel reminisces about his tenure with the seven-decade Hackberry Ramblers
Plus stories by our partners at The Historic New Orleans Collection, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, Pontchartrain Conservancy, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
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