Since its inception in 1987, this grassroots, family-owned publication has assisted members and friends of the Creole community in creating a platform for the ongoing awareness of Creole cultural heritage and events. Over these more than two decades, we have consistently increased our wide, diverse, and dedicated readership, one that spans this country and several others across the globe, and we are committed to another 25 years of
providing information and inspiration to members of our Creole community.
1962 was a different time. The ease of e-mail, which we so often take for granted today, didn’t yet exist. There were no websites or blogs to update with the simple click of a button, but the Metoyers had something equally useful at their disposal: a wealth of experience. Louis’s maternal grandfather, Grand Pa Roque Conant, Sr., and his mother’s five brothers, worked for the local newspaper. Newsprint was embedded in their blood. With some thought and attention, it wasn’t too hard to come up with the appropriate tool needed to bring their dream to life – the ability to create an ongoing communication with the greater Creole community - all it took was one conversation around the family dinner table and the Bayou Talk Newspaper was born. The Metoyer family felt the name “Bayou Talk” would connect their work to Louisiana, and sure enough, it became a natural hit.
The Bayou Talk Newspaper was designed to tell the story of a group of people who were once known as the “Forgotten People.” It has been Louis Metoyer’s quest to ensure that the Cane River Louisiana Creoles never find themselves “forgotten” again.