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Acadian Mi-Carême

by Georges Arsenault & Sally Ross

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folklore & mythology
list price: $19.95
edition:Paperback
category: Social Science
published: 2009
ISBN:9781894838405
publisher: Acorn Press
Description

The rich traditions associated with Mi-Car'me or Mid-Lent are firmly anchored in the folkways of Acadian communities. To celebrate Mi-Car'me, people visited each other's homes dressed up in masks and costumes. In the midst of the merrymaking, a mysterious character called the Mi-Car'me gave candies to little children and sometimes even delivered babies. But this strange individual scared many young Acadians because they feared he would take them away if they misbehaved.

Today, Acadians still put on their masks and costumes to go visiting for the annual Mi-Car'me celebrations in communities across Eastern Canada. Acadian Mi-Careme: Masks and Merrymaking traces the origins of this tradition, highlights modern-day celebrations, and looks at the role it still plays in Acadian culture.

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About the Authors

Georges Arsenault

Georges Arsenault can trace his family tree back to the first Acadians who settled on Prince Edward Island in 1720. Born in Abram-Village in the Evangeline Region, he has been doing research for many years on the history and traditions of Island Acadians and has numerous publications to his name. He is a member of the Order of Canada and of the Order of Prince Edward Island, and is president of the Sister Antoinette DesRoches Historical Committee.
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Sally Ross

Sally Ross is a graduate of the Master of Arts program of the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia.

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