Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Josey Digby, Nova Scotia

Fair address: Tri-County Regional Heritage Fair

Project: La Baie en Joie

Come and dance with me and learn about my Acadian culture. My name is Josey Comeau and I am proud to be a member of the French Acadian dance troupe La Baie en Joie. For the past forty years, La Baie en Joie has been entertaining audiences around the world while promoting and honoring Acadian culture.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned that Acadians were very creative when it came to making music. They transformed everyday objects, such as wooden spoons and cattle bones, into musical instruments. La Baie en Joie incorporates these instruments and other traditional items into their performances.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that dancing can be more than just a hobby or a pastime. Dancing is a visual expression of culture. It is an opportunity to share those beautiful traditions that make us unique. Dancing is a way of keeping old memories alive.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The traditional costumes I wear for dance are very different from the modern clothes I wear to school and at home. In the 18th century, Acadian women often wore white bonnets and blouses, black vests that laced in front, a shawl over the shoulders, and long skirts with an apron. Although I find the clothing today to be much more comfortable, I enjoy honoring the past by dressing up like my Acadian ancestors.

  • Madeline Mooney

    That looks like so much fun. Great job Josey!!
    16/06/2019 12:06:12 PM

  • Christine Ford

    Wow, great project! I've always enjoyed seeing La Baie en Joie perform.Bonne chance!
    15/06/2019 6:42:49 AM

  • Carolyn Milbury

    Lovely project. All the best !
    14/06/2019 8:09:13 AM

  • Victoria LeBlanc

    Good luck Josey!
    13/06/2019 6:04:37 PM

  • Linda Morehouse

    Thank you, Josey, for sharing a part of your French Acadian culture with us. It is a pleasure to see your enthusiasm and passion for your dancing. Excellent project.
    13/06/2019 12:56:25 PM

  • Amanda doucette

    Your a great dancer
    12/06/2019 8:26:56 PM

  • Larry Kelly

    Josey … your write up and video are excellent … wishing you all the best with this project … I so much enjoy the enthusiasm of the dance troupe … it is a wonderful opportunity for you
    12/06/2019 6:39:13 PM

  • Dorothy Nichols

    Great job Josey
    12/06/2019 9:15:39 AM

  • Ruth Adams

    Great work, Josey!!
    12/06/2019 8:44:28 AM

  • Sharon Bicknell

    Thank you, Josey, for teaching us about La Baie En Joie. Fantastic job!
    12/06/2019 7:01:12 AM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.