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One Generation at a TimeBiography of a Cajun and Creole Music Festival
Softcover, 240 pages, ©2007 ISBN: 9781887366809
As Dewey Balfa so eloquently put it, "A culture is preserved one generation at a time." He also insisted that tradition is not a product but a living process. "It's like a tree. If you water the roots, the branches will grow." The annual festival that grew out of the first Tribute to Cajun Music in 1974 represents a practical application of that philosophy. Over its three decades, this festival, since 1977 the music component of Lafayette's Festivals Acadiens, has been a proving ground for this evolution. One Generation at at Time tells the inside story of this experiment in cultural self-preservation, taking the reader onstage, backstage, and into the crowd with schedules, commentary, and photographs from each year—up until 2006—exposing the cultural mission of festival organizers.