Gullah

The Gullah culture has a complex history and language with direct links to West Africa that survived slavery and continues to thrive on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia.

In the past, people have described the Gullah culture as quaint and the language as unintelligible. A closer look reveals a complex history and language with direct links to West Africa that survived slavery and thrived on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. The Gullah experience has many variables that make it unique to each family and community. 

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Homecoming, Part 1 - Introduction/Jonathan Green
Homecoming, Part 1 - Introduction/Jonathan Green

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Two Lowcountry natives exhibited jointly for the first time at the Spoleto Festival USA. "Rhythms of Life: Selected Works by Jonathan Green" and "Myths and Metaphors: A Retrospective of Art by Leo...
Penn Center: A Legacy, Part 2 - Social Injustice
Penn Center: A Legacy, Part 2 - Social Injustice

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Penn School closed its doors in the late 1940s and redirected its efforts to address social injustice. 1964 was the height of the civil rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. and his group were...
Penn Center: A Legacy, Part 3 - Heritage Days
Penn Center: A Legacy, Part 3 - Heritage Days

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Another way that Penn helps to remember the culture is through the Heritage Days Celebration. The event was rekindled in 1981 but has its roots in the old harvest day celebration. Heritage Days are...
Origins of Lowcountry Cuisine | Between the Waters
Origins of Lowcountry Cuisine | Between the Waters

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Culinary adaptations transformed traditional African dishes into a unique, new creolized cuisine, influenced by European and Native American traditions, and characteristic of Gullah culture. Foodways...
Making Baskets | Gullah Net
Making Baskets | Gullah Net

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The Gullah tradition of creating coiled grass baskets is a craft that has been handed down from generation to generation. Instead of weaving the baskets, a needle made from a spoon handle, bone or...