Mixed Traces and Memories of the continents - The Sound of the French people of America

Documentary heritage submitted by Canada and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.

Mixed Traces and Memories of the continents - The Sound of the French people of America' is a series of films shot in 16 mm format which includes 27 episodes of 30-minutes each shot by André Gladu and Michel Brault between 1974 and 1980 with musicians, traditional singers and dancers from Quebec, Acadia, Louisiana, Terre-Neuve, New England, Northern Ontario, the western plains of Canada and the US Midwest. For each of these episodes, negative originals and magnetic tapes have been preserved.   

The Sound of the French people of America is a representation of the transatlantic cultural intermixing and hybridisation. This documentary heritage both keep traces and memory of the successive migrations around the Atlantic Ocean. It is a cultural testimony of exchanges between the Caribbean (by extension Africa), Europe and North America. It is dedicated to the Francophone musical heritage and sang cultures of North America, agent of the French, Irish, Breton, Scottish, West Indian, African, Aboriginal and mixed memories. The videos include testimonies of the last generations of tradition bearers to have learned their knowledge, their styles and repertoires in in the context of their families and the communities.

Year of submission: 2016

Year of inscription: 2017

Country : Canada

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