The Coming Upheaval

July 28, 2008


Indeed, just as many of you have suspected, there is a coming upheaval. To be exact, it will be July 28, but don’t worry: it will be in Canada only. I know! Canada! I’m talking about the “Day of the Commemoration of the Great Upheaval.” The great upheaval in this case was the forced removal of settlers of mostly French descent from English-controlled Nova Scotia, particularly the area around the Bay of Fundy known as Acadia, in the 18th Century. I won’t go into it in any further detail, but it is a sordid story with uncomfortable refrains. “Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval” is a relatively new observance for our great northern neighbor. It shows all nations have a past with which their modern citizens are left to grapple, even those mild-mannered Canadians. (They hate it when we say things like that!) I mention it now, because I needed something to mention, and it gives you plenty of time to stock up on holiday supplies. Why July 28? I’m not sure, but probably because it coincides with the day known in Canada as “summer.”


28 thoughts on “The Coming Upheaval”

  1. I’ll build a little on your history, having lived in Cajun country for 10 happy years.
    The residents of Acadie pronounced that name with short a’s and called themselves Acadiens, which, when said with the proper French pronunciation of the d, got translated to Cajun by the southern English speakers and the short a turned into a long a.
    Longfellow‘s epic ballad Evangeline: a Story of Acadie is about that exile in 1755. The Evangeline Oak where the two lovers were supposed to meet is claimed by the town of St Martinville.

    • In Junior or Senior English way, way back in the day, we had to do a literature project. I chose the poem Evangeline and dressed a doll in what I saw as correct costume. (Of course , Mama could sew. It was the 1960s. So she actually made Evangeline’s costume.) I probably still have her in my doll box. (Only child syndrome!!)

    • In Junior or Senior English way, way back in the day, we had to do a literature project. I chose the poem Evangeline and dressed a doll in what I saw as correct costume. (Of course , Mama could sew. It was the 1960s. So she actually made Evangeline’s costume.) I probably still have her in my doll box. (Only child syndrome!!)

  2. I’m wishing we only had one day of summer in Canada. I miss the nice cool weather of California.

    Other great upcoming Canadian holidays include Nunavit Day and Orangemen’s Day. On August 3rd every province gets to make up their own name for the holiday, which makes my calendar cramped despite there likely being nothing to do.

  3. Cajunland is very different now from what it was in my youth. My connection to Lafayette goes back 77 years when my mother met and married my father wbile a student .

    After a lifetime of visiting family there I ended up graduating from the university and marrying a local. Cajuns incorporate so many races and nationalities, native American, blacks, Germans, Portuguese, Dutxh. The joke was if a Cajun couldn’t eat it he married it.

    Everyone ended up speaking with the same accents and eating the same foods. But those foods in turn came not from Canada but from that huge melting pot of ethnicity.

    Now I’m hungry for etouffee with a side of crawfish pie and eggplant stuffing with crabmeat and shrimp. Throw in some stuffed crawfish heads!

  4. The difference between the Lafayette Zoo and all other zoos is that in addition to the common name and the scientific name on the sign outside the animal enclosure, the Lafayette zoo posted the recipe.

  5. Re 7-8-20 real-time cartoon: Good to see that Arlo has still “got it”. Perhaps it’s the French, in, undoubtedly, his best Maurice Chevalier accent. Or the heavy-lidded look.* Whatever it is, it obviously still works for Janis.
    * Smoking a Gauloises would, of course, be going too far. It would be fun to picture Janis in an Apache Dance outfit, though.

  6. The “Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval” is July 28 and the celebration of the inception of Arlo and Janis is July 29. Coincidence??

  7. Now I need some shrimp to stuff my squash with! I have perfect beautiful white pattypan squash crying out for a Cajun bread and shrimp stuffing!

    Locked away up here in the geographic center of America it is hard to obtain good seafood. I miss my Cajun food. I just miss the South, the voices, the houses, the trees, flowers and people.

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