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The Gar Fish Gig (a type of spear) was used to “gig” a large garfish, which was used to make “Gar Fish” balls, a Cajun delicacy.

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Handmade by owner's mother, Brenda Miller

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Marriage Certificate dated December 22, 1924
Jefferson Davis Parish

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Original Balfa Brothers Dewey and Rodney playing fiddles in front of old building door. The Louisiana State Museum has another copy, visit their website here

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Photograph Nathan Abshire (1913-1981) playing accordian Pinegrove blues trademark song. According to the wikipedia, he was responsible for the renaissance of the accordion in Cajun music in the 1940s.

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You can see a short video (1972) here. There are short wikipedia articles on Sady Courville, and Denis McGee. It seems they are among the few examples of Cajun musicians (fiddlers) known before the influence of accordion became prominent.

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Carving of Acadian House by Rita Fontenot
Scrap cypress wood
Hand tools

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Nine books ranging in age from 1945-2004:
1945 Louisiana Trees and Shrubs
1985 Louisiana Folk Tales
1985 Le Creole de Breaux Bridge, LA
1987 Textes Anciens en Creole Louisinais
1990 Les Remedes De Grand-mere
1997 Zistwar Court (written in…

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Tchague aux Ailes Noires red-winged blackbird carving by Houmas Indians
According to Chris N Judi Phillips "My grandpa, Antoine Billiot, told of his brothers and him catching these birds for their meals when they were growing up in Dulac, La. In the…