Readers of El Yuma will remember that early on I had a concurso etimológico to see who could tell the difference between guajiros and a criollos. I later followed up with a post on the related words yankees, gringos, yumas, bolillos, gabachos, güeros, and guiris.
Well, recently while dancing to Zydeco and Cajun music in South Louisiana, it occurred to me that the relation between Cuban creoles and their less sophisticated rural brethren, the guajiros, is quite similar to the relation between Louisiana's own creoles and their swamp and tradition bound brethren, the Cajuns.
So, in my next post I will explain the difference between Louisiana's Cajuns and Creoles, but who can write me back in the meantime to give me their take on who these two key ingredients in the New Orleans gumbo are.
While we wait, here are a few more photos of my trabajo voluntario trek down in Louisiana. Again, most of these photos were taken by my students.
known locally as
"The Grand Ole Opry" and "A Prairie Home Companion":