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Creole Heritage Celebration set for Oct. 10-11
By Sheila Richmond

NATCHITOCHES – The 20th Annual Creole Heritage Celebration will be held Oct. 10-11 in the Friedman Student Union at Northwestern State University. The event will celebrate the genealogy, history and archaeology of the Creole culture inside and outside Louisiana.

Registration is $20 per person in advance and $25 on site. The fee includes a complete registration package: program booklet, admission to all sessions and activities, including the Creole People’s Awards Ceremony, the zydeco concert and dance and the French Table discussion hosted by the Cane River Creole National Historical Park.
Sessions will center on the main cultures that compose Creole: French, American Indian, African American and Spanish and archaeology, genealogy, kinship, history, language, music and food associated with the traditions that make up the Creole culture.
Topics will include: Creole Archaeology, American Indian Connections and Life on the Creole Frontier.
Elizabeth Shown Mills, co-author of “The Forgotten People” and author of “Isle of Canes” will give a presentation. Copies of her new book will be available for sale and signing following the presentation.

The editor-in-chief of Kreol Magazine, Georgina Dhillon, is scheduled to attend. This international magazine is dedicated to promoting the Creole culture across Creole-speaking countries and beyond. More information on the magazine is available at

A silent auction will be held with proceeds to benefit the Creole Heritage Center. Exhibits from the Creole Heritage Center, Williamson Museum, National Park Service, and other groups will be on display.

The Creole Store will be open with commemorative t-shirts, caps, aprons and flags. Also available will be publications of interest, films and novelty items.

The Creole Heritage Celebration leads into the weekend of the annual St. Augustine Church Fair on Oct. 11-13 and the Natchitoches Fall Pilgrimage Tour of Homes on Oct. 12-13. For more information, contact the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center at (318) 357-6685 or