Le Kèr Creole: Creole Compositions and Stories from Louisiana 

 

A Collaborative Ethnography by Bruce Sunpie Barnes & Rachel Breunlin

with Original and Traditional Songs by Bruce Sunpie Barnes & Leroy Etienne 

and Artwork by Francis X. Pavy 

L'Union Creole performing at the Neighborhood Story Project with the San Malo altar on display as part of Francis X. Pavy's exhibit "In the Company of San Malo." 

In 2012, developed a long-term collaborative ethnography on Creole language and music with a group of musicians from New Orleans and southwest Louisiana. One of the most endangered languages in the world, its story is deeply connected to the history and culture of Louisiana. Produced with L'Union Creole, led by Bruce Sunpie Barnes and Leroy Etienne, and Matt Hampsey at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, we have produced a wide range of programs, exhibits, concerts, as well as a book & CD that connects the language and musical genres of the regions to the broader Creole diaspora. 

Inspired by the long lineage of tributes to Louisiana maroon leader Juan San Malo, we have produced a traveling altar, and exhibit with Francis X. Pavy now on display at the Louisiana State Museum's Cabildo to honor his memory in music, stories, artifacts, photographs, and art. 

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San Malo (Saint Malo)Bruce Sunpie Barnes
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Danse Codan (Dance Codan)Traditional, arranged by Bruce Sunpie Barnes
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Od Pour Odelia (Ode for Odelia)Leroy Etienne
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Tristes (Sad Times)Leroy Etienne
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Artwork by Francis X. Pavy from Le Kèr Creole.

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Le Kér Creole: Runaway Slaves, Music, and Memory in Louisiana on display at the Louisiana State Museum's Arsenal #1 at the Cabildo on Jackson Square will be on display through Labor Day 2020. In the foreground of this image is a slave collar with bells from the museum's permanent collection. Photograph by Bruce Sunpie Barnes.

San Malo's altar on display at Le Kér Creole: Runaway Slaves, Music, and Memory in Louisiana at the Louisiana State Museum's Arsenal #1 at the Cabildo on Jackson Square includes wood carvings by artist Charles Gillam of the Algiers Folk Art Zone. Photograph by Bruce Sunpie Barnes.