Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana

Reviewed By: Carmen Grant


Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana


This website offers examples of the different types of stories told by the various cultures groups in Louisiana. Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana is a multi-faceted project, which began in 1989, examines the diversity of the Louisiana culture through its storytelling community. Links are provided to information about the program, the stories, and Louisiana cultures.


This website is an extension of the documentary Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana, therefore, every effort was made insure the accuracy of the information. The Credits link lists all those who contributed to the project. An effort was made to capture the dialect. Each story is transcribed with care to ensure that the story is as close to the narrator’s version. Notes at the bottom of the story page make references to the culture or story.


Each story has the name of the narrator and when possible the date of when the story was recorded. Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana is a documentary by Pat Mire and produced by Maida Owens & Pat Mire. This project was sponsored by, The City of Eunice, The Allen Parish Library, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Louisiana Public Broadcasting. This website is a non-profit organization site.


Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana provides information on Louisiana’s cultural diversity through its traditional storyteller. The objectivity, therefore, is to promote Louisiana and its diversity.


Revision dates or publish page dates are not given. There is no way of knowing when the pages to this website were last updated. When possible the dates of when the stories were record were given.


Story topics are varied and include animal/magic tales, jokes, tall tales, legends, and myths. Each story offers a unique glimpse into the culture of Louisiana and its rich heritage.