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I was able to find a good first edition 1945 for my Louisiana book collection for 50 on eBay from the Catholic Charities of NE Kansas in Overland, KS All proceeds went to charity A very unique read The extended title is a little deceiving This was mostly centered around Creole folklore, folktale and many religious superstitions in, specifically, New Orleans in early 1940 s There were many odd stories presented by way of real life interviews with a few elders of the city of New Orleans describing their memories of certain events that actually took place and some photos included to go along with the stories You can also Google some of the other people he writes about and actually find some old photos of them online These stories you may never hear or read about anywhere else It seems they were gathered just in time, as some of the interviewees were in their 80 s and 90 s in the early 1940 s when these interviews were taking place They would have been born between about 1850 and 1860 and would have seen a lot of changes over their lifetime If you are Creole, or have Creole blood, you will find this book extremely interesting Who knows, you might even find your ancestor s name mentioned I looked forward to each chapter because it was a completely different story on something that happened in New Orleans Most stories were very intriguing and some I yawned my way through. The copy I read is actually the original 1945 edition It s a project of the Works Progress Administration, collecting what we now call oral history from black and white people in New Orleans and elsewhere in LA It s the copy my mother bought in 1946 as a gift for my father, and I had always meant to read it, because 1 my grandmother was a Cajun from Breaux Bridge and 2 I lived in NOLA for 10 years It s an interesting read and I think quite authentic for instance, the first chapter is about the mardi gras indians and the baby dolls and there s a chapter on St Joseph s altars BUT the whole reading experience for me was colored by the fact that the frontispiece of the book the actual inside cover and facing page which are a Ghost Map of Louisiana showing various ghosts scattered on the map of Louisiana features a horrible, large grisly drawing of four black men who have been lynched, hanging from a tree This frontispiece drawing appears to have been excised from all future editions, though other photos and drawings remain It is horrifying to say the least.Also, although the tone of the book is generally sympathetic to the people who are described and quoted, there is an unavoidable taint of condescension toward many of them, which is quite disagreeable.All in all, this was a surprise. #BOOK õ Gumbo Ya-Ya: A Collection of Louisiana Folk Tales ⛎ Popular Ebook, Gumbo Ya Ya A Collection Of Louisiana Folk Tales Author Lyle Saxon This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Gumbo Ya Ya A Collection Of Louisiana Folk Tales, Essay By Lyle Saxon Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You I LOVE THIS BOOK This is an amazing collection of Louisiana folk tales put together WPA writers during the Depression It came my way while I was in a French Quarter bookstore, recommended by the proprieter when I asked for a copy of John Chase s Frenchmen Desire Good Children Although it covers the entire state of Louisiana and includes Cajun folklore, the majority of the book is devoted to New Orleans The first chapter on the Zulu krewe and baby doll girls is great This book is a gem This edited volume was produced from snippets of lore, wisdom, folk practices and other customs recorded by Lyle Saxon and others are part of the Federal Writers project in Louisiana It s a great starting point for research into local customs including north Louisiana ghost stories and is quite readable While by no means a formal textbook, I couldn t readily determine whether to call it fiction not really, because the stories and shared information is local lore or non fiction but, again, no one is saying the stuff is true accurate just that these things are in circulation For that reason alone, I m thankful for the Other box Read and enjoy, this makes a great jumping off point. Some of the facts in chapters about historical events are wobbly, but taken as folk tales they re still great reading. I read folktales to taste the flavor of the cultures and societies they are born from, to feel the textures of stories that chronicled history doesn t quite catch in its net So, when I picked up Gumbo Ya Ya, I braced myself given the date of its publication This was going to be an anthropological dig much like the National Geographic of old and I wasn t off To anyone looking to dive deep into Louisiana s past, I recommend this book It is a central train station, with routes that will whisk the reader to destinations unknown for the price of a used book or a library card They will meet the phantoms of days long gone, sit a spell, and feel both elated at the conversations had, but uncomfortable Dreadfully uncomfortable That is the magic of this book A last note, for myself and maybe as a warning for others, this work has power with it That power is to flay the reader open, force their eyes towards the mirror that is the society they live in and let the examination begin The sense of otherness applied to any person or group that is either non American or non White, sometimes both, is so garish and normalized, that it takes little imagination to see why it still lingers today Hell, lingers Permeates is a better word This book not only shows how it was propagated but wholly accepted even by those victimized by it Maybe it takes a gumbo ya ya to have the quietest voices heard. First off, if you re eyeing this book as a collection of folk tales you ll most likely be dissapointed I d classify it as closer to a sociology text as it contains history, vignettes, interviews, and some tall tales That being said I did enjoy it after the initial surprise wore off I appreciated all of the history I learned Particularly the history surrounding the Italian population of New Orleans that I had been previously unaware of If you choose to read Gumbo Ya Ya I think you ll enjoy it and I encourage you to read the appendices Warning if you are offended by racial slurs please be aware that there are plenty in this book It was written 75 years ago so at the time there were different views on appropriate language and no slurs are used for pure shock value as you might expect today I also noticed a few sweeping generalizations concerning different races that would be considered offensive today I feel like none of the above ruins the book personally but, it may deter some I read this book as an introduction to Louisiana folklore, not really knowing much beyond the rougaroux or loup garou werewolves , and that s pretty much it Although the book gets off to a bit of a slow start, and it s a pretty big honkin doorstopper of a collection of folk tales, it s not exactly a book of folk tales that part of the title is a tad misleading It starts off with descriptions of Mardi Gras and then launches into a description of the Irish Channel and contains great examples of the New Orleans dialect, although quite dated and bordering on what seems like stereotyping for the African Americans, but eventually the book turns into of a ghosts and urban legends type of text, with stories of a bride waiting for a taxi near St Louis Cemetery, a husband who finds out the true and disturbing source of the meat his wife finds to feed the family with all of a sudden, people who have lost loved ones, haunted bridges, and some minor discussion of voodoo For someone looking specifically for actual folk tales, I would probably recommend Louisiana Folktales by Alcee Fortier, which features Creole and English side by side translations You have to dig around a bit for the gems in Gumbo Ya Ya but they re there if you look hard enough.