"even though our Cajun language was French."

Cajun French is spoken primarily in Lousiana and derives from Acadian French. It differs from French spoken in France today. Children were not allowed to speak French in public schools in Lousiana until the 1960's, a short time before this novel takes place. An example of a Cajun French word is fais-do-do, a Cajun dance with Acadian roots.