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Louisiana's Culture

Chapter 1

TermDefinition
cultural diffusion the spreading of one's own culture
Mardi Gras "Fat Tuesday" the day before Ash Wednesday; the period of Lent celebrated with parties, balls, street dances, and parades
blues a musical style based on black folk music, especially on the chants of foundation workers
urban of or like the city
gospel music church music that blends elements of folk music, spirituals, hymns, and popular music
ethnic group a group of people who share common traditions, beliefs, and patterns of living that include language, religion, customs, and food
jambayla a basic Spanish Cajun dish made with rice and some other ingredients such as ham, shrimp, sausage, or chicken
jazz a kind of improvised music with strong rhythms and syncopation; New Orleans is the birthplace
upland south the hill country of North Louisiana plus the neighboring states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia
zydeco the music of French speaking African Americans of South Louisiana; the song is sung in French and musical accompaniment includes accordion and rub board
lowland south the Louisiana culture that developed along the Mississippi, Red, and Ouchita rivers where plantations were established
gumbo a traditional Louisiana dish; a hearty creole soup made of seafood, chicken, okra, and other vegetables
culture a groups way of life and its own view of itself and other groups; elements include religion. music, food, clothing, language, architecture, art, literature, games, and sports
regions an area defined by similar features which usually include climate, landforms, and economic or recreational opportunities
fais-do-do a Cajun party/dance; French for "go to sleep"
rural country
spirituals the sacred folk songs of African Americans
free people of color those of African heritage who were free during the years of slavery
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