le Pays de la Sagouine Bouctouche Reviews
A day with the Acadians in Bouctouche Sep 21, 2013
The problem with cultural reviews is simple. It always means more to the reviewer, than it does to the causual observer. Reviews that feature heritage components are the same way. Unless one knows something about the history of the area, it becomes just a passing, quick interest.
Le Pays de la Sagouine, ( the country of the Washerwoman ) is an Acadian cultural showcase, in Southeastern New Brunswick. It is a way to show the Acadian culture,the founding culture of North America.
This heritage attraction is located on Ile aux Puces ( Flea Island ) in Bouctouche , New Brunswick, Canada, a small town of some 2,500 people. in the south-east corner of the province, along the Northumberland Strait.
Buctouche is a bi-lingual, ( french/english) and a Maritime east coast destination.
La Sagouine, ( means the washerwoman.. a poor, hard working , uneducated but straight taking person). It is a reproduction of an Acadian village ( the Acadians were the first settlers to North America, in the Atlantic Provinces .
Originally from France they settled in lands called " Acadie" ..thus became known as Acadians.
Because of constant, British vs French warfare they simply wished neutrality and the opportunity to lead their lives, with no interference.However, they were continual pawns in the wars between the French and the English.
The Acadians refused to sign an oath of allegiance to the English, and finally lost their lands, possessions, to the British, and were then summarily deported in 1755 to various locations in North America, These people became the first USA Cajuns.
Over the years many of these homeless people filtered back to our homeland, thus creating our fierce pride in our history and lands.
Every summer this island comes alive with theatre, music,comedy, and dance which serve to not only educate the visitors in our culture, but also the tales of its founder Antonine Maillet.
Maillet's very earthy monologues as the Acadian washerman ( wise but not educated) have won her world recognition. Her books are published in English as well as French.
Cost of entry is nominal, rewards are great.
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