Dotsie LeBlanc *
Inducted on March 12, 2011
Dotsie Langlinais LeBlanc was born in Cow Island, Louisiana on January 14, 1938. She graduated from E. Broussard High School and obtained a degree from USL in Vocational Rehabilitation. From 1967 to 1994 she had a distinguished career as a vocational rehabilitationist holding positions such as Training Director for the State of Louisiana and Instructor at the New Hope Center in Lafayette.
In 1976, she published Le Petit Fourmi ca Casse sa P’tit Parte dans la Neige, (The Little Ant That Broke its Leg in the Snow). The book was written in response to CODOFIL requesting Cajuns to write stories told in their families and handed down from generation to generation. In 2008, at Festivals Acadiens, Dr. Barry Ancelet recited the story and published a version in Cajun and Creole Folktales. The story was later reenacted as a play by the French class of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau.
In 1978, she collaborated with the state’s poet artist George Rodrigue and published Le Petit Cajun (The Little Cajun), which focused on Rodrigue’s artwork and a beautiful story of Cajun heritage. Presently, in association with Vivian Couvillion and Del Dean David, she is writing The History of Cow Island.
In 1994, LeBlanc undertook a project of photographing over 500 of the state’s historical markers. Many of the markers were later destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Presently, the exhibit is housed in the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge.
An avid genealogist, LeBlanc has traced the maternal and paternal lines of her family and contributed the list to the Wall of Names at the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville. In the 1970's, she operated Bayou Street Art Gallery and featured artists John Bergeron. LeBlanc is bilingual and has for many years served as a volunteer at Festival International de la Louisiane.