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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 1, 2007
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The first segment in the Louisiana Folk Masters series will air this Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. on Louisiana Public Broadcasting's weekly news magazine "Louisiana: The State We're In."

The series is a collaboration between LPB and UL Lafayette faculty member, John Laudun, an assistant professor in the English Department. The first installment features John Colson, a Cane River Creole who still harvests sassafras leaves and grinds them to make filé the way his mother did.

Viewers see Colson preparing leaves and grinding them while Colson recounts how his mother's filé-making was part of a network of activities and people that actually draw the community together. In addition, the segment also features Northwestern State University folklorist Dayna Lee explaining the significance of the Creoles of Cane River.

The television series is part of the Louisiana Folk Masters Project which also includes a series of CDs issued from the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore.

The first CD, which was widely praised for the quality of its sound and the essays that were packaged with it, focused on Vermilion parish fiddler Varise Conner.

The Louisiana Folk Masters series will be a regular part of "Louisiana: The State We're In" throughout 2007, with a composite show and DVD planned for LPB later in the year.

Document last revised Thursday, February 1, 2007 2:54 PM

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