Thank you Gina for making Bambi discover the fabulous culture of the “Brayons”, also called sometimes “Madawaskayens”.
Who are the Brayons? They are the French-speaking inhabitants of Madawaska county. The latter is located in Northwestern New Brunswick, Canada. The Madawaska county forms the Canadian portion of “Madawaska”. Originally, it has been a larger territory that also included Northern Aroostook county in the US state of Maine as well as the upper Saint John River Valley (https://bit.ly/3YUTe08).
Below, if you are as curious as Bambi, you may watch a very brief English video explaining the meaning of “Brayon“. This will be followed by a little bit longer French-Canadian video, made in Québec with a touch of both tenderness and humour, about Madawaska. Next, if you wish, you can enjoy a joyful song by the late Mr. Jean Lapointe entitled “En Brayon voyons” [“In Brayon, come on!”]. Bambi just discovered the latter while preparing this post. Last but not least, the final French-speaking, or also Brayon-speaking, video (sub-titled in French) is about the Brayon Festival, which Bambi is dreaming of discovering this coming summer! In the same video, we also learn about the richness and uniqueness of this culture, with its Acadian, Québecker, Indigenous, Irish, Scotish, and American joint influences. The video also informs us of an apparently delicious traditional buckwheat crepe called “La ploye“. Mmm!
This being said, Bambi is proud of herself. Today, she became truly New-Brunswicker because she now knows the difference between an Acadian and a Brayon, according to Mr. Philippe Melbourne Dufour’s article on her beautiful province (https://bit.ly/3yWe9p3). Long live New Brunswick. Long live Canada with all its cultural and linguistic richness!