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The Creole Soul of American Routes: South Louisiana Music and Culture

The Creole Soul of American Routes: South Louisiana Music and Culture

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Instructor Dr. Nick Spitzer
Location SEED Center
4310 Ryan St, behind McDonald's
2nd Floor Conference Center
Dates October 14
Time 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Price For all SAGE lectures:
$45 until September 12
$55 after September 12

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The Creole Soul of American Routes: South Louisiana Music and Culture
Dr. Nick Spitzer -- producer of American Routes, professor of American studies and anthropology

American Routes is a national radio show produced in New Orleans.  The program considers two complementary cultural metaphors. One is the concept of "roots," which suggests an organic idea of culture as natural to a place--often an agrarian community or from an "old world" with an apparently shared identity and values based on cultural continuity from the past .  The other is the homonym "routes,"  which makes a comparison to the behavior of migration, travel, and arrival.

It speaks to the role of individual creativity and cultural transformation and emergence, or creolization.  In my own fieldwork with south Louisiana Creoles, Cajuns, and others, both metaphors came into play through sources and symbols of life within and beyond these communities--often in complex interplay.  

Nick SpitzerAmerican Routes embraces the collective cultural sources of the past manifest in the present through music and narrative, as well the remarkable transformations of culture as expressed in the songs and life stories of creative individuals who reshaped received traditions and made new culture out of of old sources.  In this sense the eclectic program takes a creolist approach to tradition and creativity in representing culture with varied soundscapes in a consistent way.