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Enola Matthews

Enola Matthews

Jennings

Enola Matthews is a Creole of color now living in Jennings who draws upon two storytelling traditions: Irish and Creole. She was born and raised near Durald. Her grandfather came to New Orleans from Ireland at the age of five, and he and his family brought with them wonderful magic tales with which he would eventually regale his grandchildren. Enola also tells Bouki and Lapin animal tales and Jean Sot numbskull tales reflecting the blending of African and French traditions. Bouki and Lapin became Americanized as Brer Rabbit tales. Enola continues other aspects of a traditional lifestyle including quilting and making lye soap.
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