Through an exciting grant funding opportunity by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Tarpon Arts is bringing Dr. Ancelet to Tarpon Springs for an educational lecture and discussion on the history of Cajun and Zydeco music in conjunction with the Wayne Toups and the Zyudecajun Band concert. Dr. Ancelet will lead discussions and dance instruction through this fascinating residency.
Barry Jean Ancelet is a Cajun folklorist and expert in Cajun music and Cajun French. He has written several books, and under the pseudonym Jean Arceneaux he has written Cajun French poetry and lyrics to Cajun French songs. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with a BA in French in 1974. He received an MA in Folklore
from Indiana University in 1977, and a doctorate in Études Créoles (anthropology and linguistics) from the Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I) in 1984. He has been on the faculty at UL Lafayette since 1977, first as Director of the Center for Acadian and Creole Folklore, and later as a Professor of Francophone Studies and Folklore in the Department of Modern Languages, which he currently chairs.
This educational residency made possible by grant funding from