This organization was formed and incorporated as a non-profit
May 28, 1998. CAFA is patterned after a similar
organization in New Brunswick, Canada, known as FAFA. CAFA is
dedicated to helping all organized Acadian
Family Associations by
furnishing volunteer workers from a core of delegates
from each family
association. The officers are elected from this core at the
held each November.
Special Note: The words Acadian, Cajun, Acadiana
are used in the broadest definition, and in our objectives, means anyone living
in the Acadiana area of Louisiana and using or wish to use French as an
alternative language, whether
they be French Canadian, descendants from the
“Grand Derangement” forced expulsion that came to Louisiana, persons who arrived
directly from France or
from any other Francophone country and who have adopted
the Acadian (Cajun) culture.
Promote the culture and genealogy of the Acadian Families.
Represent and coordinate the interests of all Acadian
Allow each organized Family Association to operate
separately in their own entity.
Further charitable, religious, educational and scientific
the good of the Acadian people.
Promote tourism to and from Acadiana.
Our Immediate Goal
Doing our utmost to supplement Foreign Language Classes in
our area schools
with supplies and funding to perpetuate the French
Helping the continued formal organization of Acadian
Serving as an index to Acadian Family Websites.
words of the late Dewey Balfa, world renowned Acadian Musician:
"My culture is not better than anybody else's culture. My people were
better than anybody else. And yet I will not accept it as a second-class
It's my culture. It's the best culture for me. Now I would expect,
if you have a
different culture, that you would feel the same about yours as I feel about
mine." Dewey Balfa helped organize the first
Tribute to Cajun Music in 1974 in Blackham
Coliseum, Lafayette, La. which grew into Festivals Acadiens.
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