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March 2020


Welcome to the website of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana, a cultural, historical, and genealogical society dedicated to promoting the history and heritage of our ancestry of the Canary Islands, with emphasis on those who lived at the settlement of Galveztown and Valenzuela in south Louisiana.  Over twenty years ago, our society was formed to preserve and promote the culture of our Isleño ancestors who came to Louisiana in the late 18th century in search of a better life.  We also promote cultural exchanges between Louisiana and the Canaries.




2020 has presented us with a challenge to keep our meetings going through this difficult time.  Be sure to add yourself to our email list and you'll receive the link to join our meetings using Zoom.

"The Spanish Tinge – The Musical Connection Between the Canary Islands and Louisiana"

November 7, 2020 at 11 AM – 2 PM


Based on their book "The Spanish Tinge – Louisiana Music Pioneers of Canary Islands Descent", published in Spanish in the Canary Islands last year, Johnette Downing and Scott Billington discuss the musical link between the Canary Islands and Louisiana through three profiles: jazz clarinetist Alcide Nuñez, Cajun accordionist Joe Falcon, and décima singer Irvan Pérez. They will also share their findings from their research trip to the Canary Islands this past December, including video footage of contemporary décima singers. The research trip was partially funded by a grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

Johnette is an author and songwriter for Louisiana Roots Music and Books for Children.  Scott is a three-time Grammy Award winner.

The meeting is open to the public

Hosted by: CIHSL

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9334470477 Meeting ID: 933 447 0477

We work closely with the organizations below.  Be sure to visit their websites.


Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana

P.O. Box 84635

Baton Rouge, LA 70884

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