Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Speaking of Quebec ...

The Quebec flag is a recent creation. It was designed in 1902, but not adopted until 1948. Still, they are quite strident about their flag. An Act Respecting the Flag and Emblems of Quebec declares it to be "the national emblem" and it "must be flown on the central tower of the Parliament Building," and "in all cases" it "has precedence over any other flag or emblem." A related law says that all bodies which must display the Quebec flag "must not" display it "on a mast or flagpole together with another flag or banner."

Quebec is near-sighted

The official tourist webpage of Quebec doesn't tell the story right. It starts the history of New France in 1608--not 1604. It talks about the founding of Quebec city and Montreal, and then has this:
From 1660 to 1713 the settlement of New France accelerated as France established colonies in Acadia (now Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) and along the shores of the St. Lawrence.
I dropped them a note.

Monday, August 23, 2004

You can go home again

Times-Picayune on the Shaw family's welcoming of the Thibodeaus.

Family names bridge borders, forge bonds

Times Picayune on Acadian names.

Fr. A. T. Bourque

Biography of Fr. André-T Bourque, author of a number of well-known Acadian songs from the late 19th century, including Evangeline.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Apart, but a part

"Thousands of miles may separate Nova Scotia and Louisiana, but present-day Cajuns and Acadians live in areas defined by water, and they share a sense of cultural isolation."

Acadian Homecoming

Thousands of Louisianians reunite with their long-lost cousins in Nova Scotia--the ancestral home of Cajuns.