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Photo, Print, Drawing Acadian Festival talent show, Madawaska, Maine

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  • Acadian Festival talent show, Madawaska, Maine


  • Brassieur, C. Ray (Research team member)
  • Ornstein, Lisa (Research team member)
  • Whitman, David A., 1950- (Photographer)

Created / Published

  • Madawaska, Maine, June 26, 1991


  • -  Folklore--Maine
  • -  Photographs
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Documentary photographs
  • -  United States -- Maine -- Aroostook County -- Madawaska


  • Photographs
  • Ethnography
  • Documentary photographs


  • -  Index data: These images document the talent show held as part of the annual Acadian Festival in Madawaska, ME; 1-6, Annick Gagnon, the featured performer at the talent show. Annick is a young (age thirteen at the time of this performance) Canadian woman who is developing a career as a professional singer, and enjoys widespread popularity in the region; she sings in both French and English; 7-10, Fieldworkers Ray Brassieur and Lisa Ornstein examine souvenirs and talk with a member of the Keystone Kops, a local organization of volunteer men who appear at many functions in the study area, where they provide "security" and engage in assorted hijinks; 11, Quilt (which really appeared to be a woven coverlet) raffled during Acadian Festival; 12, Souvenir sweatshirts with a graphic depicting certain features of the town of Madawaska; these are sold throughout the year at the Madawaska Chamber of Commerce, not only at the Acadian Festival; 14, Annick Gagnon continues her performance after a costume change; 15, One of the Acadian Festival volunteer organizers is interviewed by local media; 16, Annick Gagnon is joined onstage by her sisters and someone in a Mickey Mouse costume while performing "It's a Small, Small World"; 17, Gert Daigle, a local woman, performs "God Bless the Foreign Land," a song she had written to honor American soldiers participating in the war against Iraq (Operation Desert Storm); 18, Daigle is joined by another locla woman (name unknown) in a performance of a song with a Christian message; 19, MC Beurmond Banville; 20, A baton twirler; all the performers except Annick Gagnon were local amateurs and performed without pay.


  • 35 mm color slide

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Call number: AFC 1991/029: DW-C020
  • Field project identifier: MAP-DW-C020

Source Collection

  • Maine Acadian Cultural Survey collection (AFC 1991/029)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • image

IIIF Presentation Manifest

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Credit line: Maine Acadian Cultural Survey collection (AFC 1991/029), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Brassieur, C. Ray, Lisa Ornstein, and David A Whitman. Acadian Festival talent show, Madawaska, Maine. United States Aroostook County Maine Madawaska, 1991. Madawaska, Maine. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Brassieur, C. R., Ornstein, L. & Whitman, D. A. (1991) Acadian Festival talent show, Madawaska, Maine. United States Aroostook County Maine Madawaska, 1991. Madawaska, Maine. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Brassieur, C. Ray, Lisa Ornstein, and David A Whitman. Acadian Festival talent show, Madawaska, Maine. Madawaska, Maine. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.