Evangeline Text 1
Set in a somber southern Louisiana landscape, this ongoing body of work is drawn in part from Longfellow's epic poem, Evangeline. Adopted as lore by the Cajun communities of the region, its fictional tale of loss, longing, and an unrelenting love, depicts Evangeline's search for her betrothed, Gabriel, when the two young Acadians are torn apart by war.
"Long among them was seen a maiden who waited and wandered,
Lowly and meek in spirit, and patiently suffering all things,
Fair was she and young; but, alas! before her extended,
Dreary and vast and silent, the desert of life, with its pathway
Marked by the graves of those who had sorrowed and suffered before her,
Passions long extinguished, and hopes long dead and abandoned.”