Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Katrina: Transplanted Creoles vow to keep culture alive

Found this article via the Associated Press.

LOS ANGELES – Wilda Little speaks Creole with her cousin two or three times a week and listens to her favorite zydeco bands on aging vinyl records, but that's about as close as the Louisiana transplant gets these days to the Creole culture of her youth.

Little, 80, is one of the last standard-bearers of the once-vibrant Louisiana Creole community in Los Angeles that has faded a little more each year as the zydeco dance halls shut down and native Creole speakers died.

Now, after Hurricane Katrina dealt a devastating blow to New Orleans and its teeming culture, Creoles who left decades ago are vowing to preserve their endangered language and music.

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