Hosted by the National Park Service

Folklife Village

       a showcase of LA folk artists and crafts people


The FOLKLIFE VILLAGE will feature Louisiana folk artisans demonstrating authentic, traditional Louisiana crafts and trades.  Festival guests will have the opportunity to speak with the exhibitor/demonstrator and learn firsthand about the craft.  It is a high priority that this core component represent the cultural diversity of Louisiana in an authentic way, and that each art or craft exhibited be celebrated and shared with integrity and respect.
Invited participants in the FOLKLIFE VILLAGE represent the precious core of the project.  Festival organizers are carefully planning and preparing to host these individuals as carriers of custom, tradition and the essence of Louisiana culture.  The festival places a high value on the willingness of the Folklife Village "masters" to share their craft and knowledge.  It is also a high priority that we document (film, written interview, photographs) the story and contribution of these amazing individuals.  The Folklife component will be representative of the wide range of cultural traditions throughout the state of Louisiana.

National Park Service
RECOGNIZING OUR ROOTS program returns for 2017 Festival!

2017 
DEMONSTRATORS

Calvin Ardoin
FIDDLE REPAIRS

Bonnie Boudreaux
CHAIR CANING

Margaret Brinkhouse
GOURDS

Ms. Bursia
QUILTING

Christy Castille
TATTING

John Colson
FILE' MAKER

Tom Colvin
BOAT BUILDER

Linda "Pish" Dahlen
MUSKRAT/NUTRIA SKINNING

​Benjamin Deshotels
BLACKSMITH

Lester Fusilier
COWHIDE CHAIR COVERING

Ann Luster
ALIGATOR GARFISH JEWELRY/
BASKET WEAVING

Janie Luster
MOSS DOLLS

Jackie Miller
MARDI GRAS MASKS

Larry G. Miller
INSTRUMENT MAKER

Tommy Myers
CAJUN ROSARIES

Bill Parrie
LEATHER WORK, PLAITING, TOOLING

Doris Perkins
LYE SOAP, QUILTING

Charlene Quinilty
​SPINNING & WEAVING

Clifton Rambin
WALKING CANES, WOODCARVING

Myrna Wilson
COUSHATTA PINESTRAW BASKETS