Passing It On workshops are one of the types of workshops supported by the Bayou Culture Collaborative.  They are taught by a tradition bearer to pass on a tradition in one of the coastal parishes in Louisiana or highly endangered traditions. We provide funds to an organization or the tradition bearer for workshops or mini-apprenticeships and expenses generally cover the teacher honorarium and supplies.

Contact: Maida Owens, Louisiana Folklife Program, to explore possibilities. 


2022 Passing It On Workshops


DATES:  March 18-May 14, 2022


Kaplan Museum. Friday, March 18, 10:00 - noon

Maurice Museum, Wednesday, March 23, 10:00 – noon

Gueydan Museum, Saturday, March 26, 11:00 – 1:00

Erath Public Library, Saturday, April 9, 10:00 - noon

Abbeville Public Library  Saturday, May 14, 9:00 - noon

DESCRIPTION: The work of Catherine Brookshire Blanchet is featured in this series of song and dance workshops. In the 1940s, Catherine documented songs and round dances in French by recording school children and adults when she was music supervisor of Vermilion Parish Schools. She dedicated the rest of her life to teaching and sharing this treasury. Descendants of the people she recorded, her students, and the community are invited to remember Catherine, to sing and dance.

COLLABORATORS:  Kaplan Museum, Gueydan Museum, Maurice Museum and Acadian Museum

FACILITATORS: Earlene Broussard, Natile D’Augereaux, Greg Claby Meaux, William Dailey, and round dancers  

REGISTRATION:  No registration is required. For information, contact Earlene Broussard,



PLACE: Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, 1200 North Main St., Saint Martinville, LA 70582


French singalong featuring Kevin Rees, Saturday, April 9, 2:00 - 4:00. Open to public. No registration required. 

French singing class series by Kevin Rees, Saturdays, April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 2:00 - 3:30. Call to register.

French singalong featuring Earlène Broussard, Saturday, May 28, 2:00 - 3:30. No registration required.

French singing class series by Earlène Broussard, Saturdays, June 4, 21, 2:00 - 3:30. Saturday, June 11, 2:00 - 5:00.  Call to register.;

French singalong: A Tribute to Sister Edith, Saturday, June 25, 2:00 - 3:30. No registration required.

REGISTRATION: Call Jolene or Christi at 337-394-3754 or email Want to attend but dates don’t work for you? Please let us know of your interest for future programs. At each singalong or class, there is a $4.00 admission fee for ages 4 - 61 for entry to the park. Entry is free for ages 0 - 3 or 62 and over.



DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2022

PLACE: New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

TIME: 10 am to 11:30 am.  

DESCRIPTION: Grayhawk Perkins, a member of the United Houma Nation, will share stories and will discuss the importance of storytelling on maintaining our cultures and family histories. These include stories from our pasts but also to write the stories for the future. Participants will also have a chance to share a story with the group in a story telling circle using a talking stick.

COLLABORATOR: New Orleans Jazz Museum

FACILITATOR: Grayhawk Perkins

REGISTRATION:  Program limited to 15 people.  To register, send your name to  



DATE: Sunday, June 12, 2022

PLACE: New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

TIME: 10 am to 11:30 am.  

DESCRIPTION: Grayhawk Perkins, a member of the United Houma Nation, will present a workshop on making and using a shaving horse. Participants will be able to step back in time and learn how to use a shaving horse and make a cooking paddle and roux paddle, using a draw knife and pocket knife. 

COLLABORATOR: New Orleans Jazz Museum

FACILITATOR: Grayhawk Perkins

REGISTRATION:  Program limited to 8 people aged 12 years and older.  To register, send your name to  

Past Passing It On workshops

  • Vermilion Parish Cajun Songs and Dance Traditions, Abbeville
  • Mardi Gras costume designing, Krewe of Tradition, Houma
  • Cajun music, Cajun Music Preservation Society, Thibodaux
  • Houma Indian gumbo making, Chauvin
  • Wood carving, Terrebonne Folklife Center, Houma
  • Houma Indian Palmetto weaving, Janie Luster, Theriot
  • Traditional plant storytelling, Pointe-au-Chien
  • Pointe-au-Chien traditions, Pointe-au-Chien
  • Houma half-hitch palmetto weaving and Spanish moss doll making, Janie Luster and Ann Luster Robichaux, Theriot
  • Brown cotton weaving, Elaine Bourque, Lafayette
  • Sewing regalia, Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, Chauvin
  • Indian foodways, Atakapa-Ishak Chawasha, Grand Bayou Indian Village 
  • Cypress paddle making, Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building,Lockport
  • Cloth doll making, Jessica Brown, Houma
  • Healing plants and gardening, Botanica: A Series of Conversations, Neighborhood Story Project, New Orleans
  • Cypress dugout pirogue restoration, Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building, Lockport
  • Medicinal herbs and the traiteuse tradition, Marlène Toups, Thibodaux
  • Traditions and storytelling, United Houma Nation, Golden Meadow 
  • Adding Curved Roofs to Buildings, Quang Huynh
  • Grayhawk's Shaving Horse Program, Grayhawk Perkings
  • Grayhawk's Storytelling Program, Grayhawk Perkins
  • French Storytelling Program, Richard Landry, 
  • Bousillage Workshop, Dale Pierrottie

For details about these workshops that were previously supported, see Passing It On Workshops

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