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Famille Trahan


                 ENSEMBLE ENCORE                                             March 2015

March, 2015 Trahan Family Assoc. Newsletter:

We are now well into the year 2015, thankful that we do not have the viscous weather that the Northern States have been having, although the rain is beginning to be a little too much.

This year the Trahan Family Assoc. will again be participating in the GRA 2015 (The Great Acadian Awakening) October 3-12, 2015 to be held in several locals in our Acadian Country of South Louisiana. Please go to the website: www.louisiane-acadie.com and learn of all the activities being planned, including a French Mass as was held in the GRA2011. Again the Trahan Family Assoc. will have a table with genealogy guru, Mitch Conover, manning his computer. In 2011 there were 20 families with such tables in the Conference Center, Cajun Dome, in Lafayette, La. Due to the declining interest by our fellow Acadians in preserving the culture, or being too busy with other endeavors-kids in school activities, football, soccer, band, etc. the participation seems to be declining. I remember for the CMA 1999 held in Louisiana, 42 families were organized and participated in many of the activities, especially having large family reunions in their respective area of Acadiana.

An excellent article appeared in the local newspaper, Abbeville Meridional, on Sunday, May 25, 2003 that expresses what I am trying to convey. It was written by Fr. Mitchell Guidry, Pastor in Gueydan, La. Fr. Guidry’s article is reproduced in part here:

"The Acadians, as is widely known, were forcibly removed from their homes in the Canadian maritime provinces by their English governors for two reasons: They were French and they were Catholic."

"All the Acadians would have to have done in order to stay in their colony of Acadie, now known as Nova Scotia, was to take an oath swearing allegiance to the Crown of England and renouncing their Catholic faith. It was quite clear that the English had a particular plan in mind: "erase their French language and culture and their Catholic religion and make them one of us (the English)."

Fr. Guidry continues: "I write this because I am disturbed by the fact that what the English could not do to our Acadian ancestors, we, their descendants, are doing to ourselves. It saddens me to see so many young couples with French Acadian family names, names that we can assume are or once were Catholic, marrying outside the Catholic Church by judges, ministers, or whoever.

"We no longer tell the old stories, sing the old songs, have the same close families, or worship in the one true Church.

"The French language has given way to English, the traditional music to country, rock, or rap, our good home cooked Cajun meals to fast food.

"Wake up South Louisiana! The more we become like the rest of America, the more we lose our unique identity!
That being said, won’t you do your part in keeping our Acadian Culture? If you speak French, teach your children, grandchildren this beautiful language. Since the evolution of CODFIL (Conseil pour le developpement du Français en Louisiane) an outstanding job of teaching French in some schools, while other schools, or parishes, are adamantly opposed to this curriculum. They always site budget problems, but is that the only reason?

The Trahan Family Assoc. had discontinued collecting dues because the Treasury was sufficient to pay the needs for a few years. Those years are now past, and we again asking for members to renew their membership. A membership form is enclosed, or if you are receiving this by e-mail, one is attached.

Our last meeting was on Feb. 14, 2015 and was fairly well attended. We look forward to have the next meeting sometimes in late August or early September to give the final info on the upcoming GRA2015.

Several of our members made the trip to Maine and New Brunswick for the CMA2014. It was a well planned Congrè, large participation, great programming and some very severe weather at times. But that did not drown the enthusiasm. Our Louisiana Tent was inundated with at least an inch of water on the plywood floor after a real cloudburst. All electric gear on floors had to be raised to prevent shorting out.

Most of the combined action was in Grand Falls, N. B., but the Leger/Trahan reunion was in St. Jacque, N.B. Very few Trahan’s attended, but it was well planned, and I was very glad to have attended. The local priest said Mass at the reunion site, the Knights of Columbus Hall in St. Jacque. His church was beautifully decorated in the Acadian Tri-Colors, as well as many homes in the community.

What struck me, about the activities in Grand Falls was that the Louisiana Delegation and the Louisiana tent had usually twice or three times more people from all over, Canada, Europe, etc. than the other tents put up by other localities-Quebec, Montreal, Canada as a whole, etc. Even the Acadian chefs were inundated for their offerings-jambalaya being the most sought after.

Our efforts to have an upcoming "Congrè Mondial Acadian" here in Louisiana is just about a lost cause. We are unable to secure the enormous funding needed to put on such an affair. The Canadian governments-National, Provincial, Local, as well as Corporate and Private donors, came up with millions of dollars, that is plural, to host such events. The next, CMA2019, will be in Eastern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Already they are on record to outdo the last one in Aug. 2014. They will have a tough time, but they are resourceful.

What is so impressive is the great lengths the Acadians from the area we were in, in August 2014, to decorate homes, shops, businesses, churches, streets, tractors, bicycles in the Acadian Tri Colors. Of course each family organization, that is willing to have functions, are awarded a goodly sum of money by the CMA Council actually really funded by the government.

So in closing, I am making a plea: Won’t you please do your part in keeping and/or reviving our Acadian Culture?

By: Loubert G. Trahan, President, Trahan Family Association.