Félix Arnaudin

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Simon Arnaudin, better known as Félix Arnaudin (30 May 1844 – 6 December 1921), born and deceased at Labouheyre, in the Landes département, was a French poet and photographer, and a specialist in Haute-Lande folklore. In Gascony, M. Arnaudin created his collection of tales by attending gatherings, as well as at marriages and at various agricultural festivals. He left 3,000 photos at the Musée d'Aquitaine in Bordeaux. His work is centered on recording Gascon language fairy tales and songs; on land, habitations, shepherd and peasants photography. He thus consecrated his life to save this heritage from fading into oblivion. His natal house became a photo exhibit managed by the Labouheyre commune.