Louisiana

Voodoo Child

Voodoo paraphernalia

Meet Robi.  He looks like a normal 25-year-old with a creative presentation and a healthy dose of self-confidence. Long dreds, faded jeans, a self-deprecating sense of humor with a second sense about how to tell a good story. It would probably take you a long time to guess that Robi is a Haitian High Priest in the voodoo tradition.   Continue reading

In Search of a Zydeco Trail Ride

My church in St. Martinville

For a really really long time, I have wanted to go on a Zydeco trail ride. Zydeco trail rides have been around for a long time, traditionally as informal cross country rides with neighbors.  Today, hundreds of Creole cowboys may join a ride, which usually ends at a big barbecue picnic with friends and family and Zydeco music. Continue reading

The Indians, Social Clubs and Second Lines of New Orleans

New Orleans always blows my mind. During a short stay in New Orleans this week, I visited one of my favorite mind-blowers, the Blandin Backstreet Museum.  The Museum tells fascinating stories of Louisiana history that might have been lost forever if it weren’t for one dedicated person:  Sylvester Francis.   Continue reading

Louisiana: Crazy as a Swamp Cat

Voo doo dolls in New Orleans conjure house.

Just before my plane landed in New Orleans yesterday, a recording came on over the PA system.  “You will be provided arrival cards that you must complete before entering the country. ”  Hello? Our flight originated in Dallas.  Texas. The recording was a mistake but it was a relevant one.  Louisiana is not like America, more like its own country. Continue reading