Evangeline: A Cajun French Story
Evangeline is a Cajun French story for kids that celebrates Cajun culture in South Louisiana by embracing the language. It began as my thesis project for the MFA Designer as Author & Entrepreneur program at the School of Visual Arts.
My role: Original Concept, Design, Motion Graphics
The story of the Cajuns is like so many others. There is cultural assimilation happening all over the world—of 6,000 languages, 417 face extinction. In Louisiana, Cajun French faces the same fate. Today there are many more French speakers than Cajun French in an area once dominated by the dialect.
“Today few young Cajuns speak French, and overall less than one third of the present day Cajuns speak French as their primary language.”
Shane K. Bernard, Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader’s History
“No matter how many students study French in Louisiana schools, CODOFIL realizes that unless French remains present in the homes and streets of the state these efforts will be insufficient.”
This is where Evangeline resides, in the Cajun French home.
The book celebrates the “raison d’être” of the Cajun people by using the local Cajun French patois to tell the story— English and Cajun French words alongside one another.