2023 Louisiana Tradition Bearers: Cane River Creole Traditions

Join the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum as Dr. Shane Rasmussen, NSU professor and Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center, interviews Nicol and FJ Delphin about their Cane River Creole traditions and work. The program, set for Saturday, Oct. 21 from 2-3 pm will include a ceremony honoring the Delphins as Louisiana tradition bearers. This event is free and open to the public.

Nicol & FJ Delphi are indigenous to Cane River. Both embrace the idea of preserving their family heritage, legacy, and traditions on a daily basis. They have been living along the banks of Cane River most of their lives and embrace their Creole culture where they learned the foodways and traditions from the elders and insist that they are passed on to future generations. They have been married for 28 years and are currently working to restore their 205-year-old historic structure, the John Carroll Jones Plantation Home, built from a Creole architectural design.

They are both members of St. Augustine Catholic Church which is central to the Creole community. Both are rich in cultural knowledge from the generations they descend from and are eager to share with others that are interested in Creole Culture traditions such as quilting, sewing, hunting, fishing, tanning, gardening, making cracklin’, hog roasting, using gigs, bow and arrow, making jelly, syrup, ice cream sauce topping, salsa, drying of cayenne peppers, filé, and more. They embrace the land and will continue to live the culture, carrying traditions from the earliest days.

Call (318) 357-2492 for more information.