Welcome to CRIA, the Cultural Research Institute of Acadiana


Sustainable living in South Louisiana will depend on rapidly fading traditional knowledge of agrarian practices and land stewardship. Loss of stewardship is compounded by the degradation of the marshes and prairies that once sustained us.  Central to the mission of the Cultural Research Institute of Acadiana (CRIA) is to rebuild linkage between our unique culture and our South Louisiana environment, and to highlight the stewardship of natural resources for the benefit of future generations.


CRIA: (kree-ay) from the french word "criez" meaning, "to cry out!", as in protest


The mission of our non-profit (est. 2007) is to preserve the cultural history and agricultural knowledge of Acadiana