The Cajun French Music Association (CFMA), Baton Rouge Chapter is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of our Cajun music, Cajun dance, Cajun language and heritage. We are a non-profit 501-C3 organization that has been in existence for over 25 years. We take pride in a long history of presenting authentic Cajun dances in Baton Rouge.
Gather your friends and family and head over to the UCT Hall on Florida Blvd. The Baton Rouge CFMA is having its monthly dance on FRIDAY, September 16th featuring Cameron Dupuy & The Cajun Troubadours. Yes – the dance is moved to FRIDAYS during the LSU football season. The dance Starts at 8 p.m. for $10 admission and $5 for students with an ID. Free dance lessons at 7 p.m.
The next Board and General Meeting location and time will be announced soon.
CAJUN CUISINE DURING THE ECONOMIC DEPRESSION
The Depression began in the late 1920’s and lasted at least 10 years in Louisiana. No one had any money, children wore hand-me-downs (les seconde main) went barefoot (nu pieds) well into winter – some even to school (sans souliers). Cajuns that lived near water bodies or swampland fared better than most; they fished and ate all kinds of wild game out of necessity; game laws also seemed lax during those times. Young wild herons were plentiful and easy to take from a rookery (place a niche); and a wild Grosbec never needed to be fed as did chickens. Without money to buy shot shells, Cajuns resorted to mud balls dried in the sun and thrown to knock down fledglings.
They also imitated the whistle and quock of an adult bird to lure (decoy) young flyers – methods that may have been learned from Indians? Cajuns habitually continued eating Grosbecs at home and at hunting camps long after the economy improved-until in the late 1950’s and throughout the 60’s, when Federal Game Agents reminded hunters that an International Treaty Protecting Waterfowl also included Grosbecs.