Passing it on Workshops

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. 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. 


Upcoming Passing It On Workshops


DATE:  Saturday, April 2, 2022, 10-2

 Madame Dronet’s Legacy: Brown Cotton Spinning and Weaving in Prairie Greig

In the morning, Austin Clark will present about the life and work of Therese Meyer Dronet, a Prairie Greig brown cotton spinner and weaver. The presentation will include courte-pointe avec cordon chaines et trames en motif de croix et diamant avec bordure en filet (bedspread with weft and warp cordons in the cross and diamond pattern, and netted edging.) 

In the afternoon, Austin Clark and Elaine Bourque will demonstrate carding brown and white cotton, Acadian spinning on a spike, and weaving on a table top loom. Participants will be able to try each step as time allows. Lunch is provided. The workshop is free.

Perrin Farm in Prairie Greig, 6805 Hwy 330, Erath, LA  70533

Acadian Museum

Austin Clark and Elaine Bourque

Contact Warren Perrin at  337-456-7729 or



DATE: Saturday, March 19, 2022

PLACE:  Perrin Farm, 6805 La. Hwy 330, Erath, LA 70533

TIME: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Mary Perrin will lead a workshop on healing traditions in South Louisiana. The first half of the workshop will be a presentation on the South Louisiana folk healers known as traiteurs, followed by one on native Louisiana medicinal plants and curatives that can be made from them.  The second half of the workshop will consist of medicine-making demonstrations using our native medicinal plants.  Presenters will be Mary Perrin, and four other master gardeners: Beverly Fuselier, Mary Ann Armbruster, Tina Vidrine, and Melanie Francois.

COLLABORATORS:  Acadian Museum

FACILITATORS:  Mary Perrin and master gardeners Beverly Fuselier, Mary Ann Armbruster, Tina Vidrine, and Melanie Francois

REGISTRATION: Free Admission. To register, email Darylin Barouse at Perrin, Landry, Delaunay Attorneys, or call 337-233-5832. 


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 

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

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