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Isleno descendants do traditional folkdance of Tenerife Island
Young Isleno descendants and society members do a traditional folkdance of Tenerife Island, October 1999. Photo: Dorothy L. Benge

Islenos Society of St. Bernard Parish

El Museo de los Islenos documents the history and culture of the Spanish settlers known as islenos (islanders) who came to St. Bernard Parish from the Canary Islands in 1799. Their role in the parish is important both historically and today as they continue their traditional way of life centered around fishing, trapping, and boat building.

Originally submitted by: W.J. (Billy) Tauzin, Representative (3rd District).

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