Elista Istre



Dr. Elista Istre, a native and lifelong resident of Lafayette, Louisiana, is a historian dedicated to advancing the field of cultural heritage at home and abroad. A descendant of Cajuns, French Creoles, and Spanish Isleños, Istre has been sharing her region’s diverse heritage with academic and public audiences for over 20 years through engaging lectures, informative publications, and hands-on history programs.





10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 2
Book Talk
Creoles of Southern Louisiana: Three Centuries Strong

11:15 a.m. to Noon
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Creoles of South Louisiana: Three Centuries Strong

Creoles established themselves in South Louisiana long before Acadian exiles reached the shores of the Bayou State. Boasting a mélange of African, European, and North American roots, Creoles converged on Louisiana's prairies and created their own distinct cuisine, language, and musical style. In Creoles of South Louisiana: Three Centuries Strong, Dr. Elista Istre invites her readers to enter the Creole world a place where cooks tempt taste buds with gumbo and crawfish, storytellers mesmerize young and old with tales tied to three continents, and musicians and dancers pulsate to the rhythms of accordions and rubboards. Despite inside pressure to isolate and outside pressure to assimilate, Creoles from all walks of life continue to forge new identities while preserving and celebrating traditional elements of their rich heritage. They are adaptable. They are resilient. They are strong.


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