Ray Brassieur

Dr. Ray Brassieur, archaeologist, folklorist, and respected pioneer of the study of cultural landscape, has worked ethnographically with French heritage communities in Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Maine, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, Quebec, and New Brunswick. In 1988, Brassieur was recruited by the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress to direct the Maine Acadian Culture Survey, a project that initiated the establishment of the Maine Acadian National Park, in the St. John Valley of Maine. Currently associate professor of anthropology at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, he continues to pursue his interests in the material and expressive culture of Cajuns and other south Louisiana folks in scholarly publications and public programs, as he has for nearly forty years.