Cajun Folktales by J. J. ReneauxCajun Folktales by J. J. Reneaux

Cajun Folktales

byJ. J. Reneaux

Paperback | December 19, 2005

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Nationally acclaimed storyteller J.J. Reneaux grew up Cajun for true, surrounded by the stories, music, food, and culture of rural communities in southeastern Texas and southern Louisiana. Cajun Folktales serves up a spicy gumbo of more than twenty traditional Cajun animal stories, fairy tales, ghost stories, and humorous tales. A traditional storyteller who collects by word-of-mouth, Reneaux has developed her repertoire over years of collecting-on front porches, school playgrounds, and her beloved fishing trips. She has refined her work in performances nationwide, including the National Storytelling Festival, where she has appeared numerous times. These stories of Cajun treasure and lost jewels will teach readers the importance of resourcefulness, courage and responsibility.

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J.J. Reneaux Bio:Singer-songwriter, humorist, and author J.J. Reneaux combined her music, folklore, superstition, customs and true-life stories in her books and live performances. Cajun, Creole, Spanish, Irish, and Native American voices speak throughout her songs and stories, reflecting her own multicultural heritage and creating a co...
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Title:Cajun FolktalesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.34 × 5.4 × 0.62 inPublished:December 19, 2005Publisher:August House

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0874832829

ISBN - 13:9780874832822

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 8

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Nationally acclaimed storyteller Reneaux celebrates her native Cajun culture in this new collection of 26 traditional Cajun tales retold with a fresh, contemporary twist. Includes "Why Alligator Hates Dog", "St. Antoine the Wonder Worker", and "The Ghost of Jean Lafitte"

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While the tales of African Americans and Native Americans have been much anthologized, the vibrant oral folk tradition of the Cajun has been more or less neglected by American publishers. This excellent anthology by Reneaux helps plug that inexplicable gap. Reneaux, a noted storyteller and a Cajun herself, retells 27 tales she heard in childhood from relatives or has heard since from fellow Cajuns. Their folklore is as spicy and interesting as their famed food and reflects a variety of flavors and influences. The story of Lapin and his theft of honey from Bouqui, for instance, is a Cajun favorite and is clearly recognizable as one of the contests between Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox. Likewise, the aetiological tale of why alligators hate dogs is reminiscent of Native tradition. The author tells a wide variety of tales--animal stories, ghost stories, fairy stories. One of the best relates the Hansel and Gretel-like story of Catafo and his brothers, who out-smart their devilish host. Another perhaps also familiar one tells of the ghost of the renowned pirate Jean Lafitte trying to free himself of his cursed treasure.