AbstractThe folklorist Joseph-Thomas LeBlanc was a pioneering figure in the study of intangible cultural heritage in Acadia. Between 1938 and 1941, he managed a column entitled “Nos vielles chansons acadiennes” (“our old Acadian songs”) in the periodical La Voix d’Évangéline (The Voice of Evangeline). In order to collect the songs in which he was interested, LeBlanc used an unusual ethnographic method that involved asking his readers to send him song lyrics by mail. The short studies that he produced inspired the research of Marius Barbeau and his Romancero du Canada. LeBlanc had incidentally dreamt of publishing his own analytical work, a kind of “Acadian romancero,” but he died prematurely in 1943.
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