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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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...
Songs | Gullah Net
Songs | Gullah Net

Audio

Music is another important part of life on the Sea Islands. Most of the Gullah music is found in religious practices. Although spirituals had a Christian message, they were heartfelt expressions of...
Gullah Traditions | Gullah Net
Gullah Traditions | Gullah Net

Document

Gullah traditions are the customs, beliefs and ways of life that have been passed down among Sea Island families. Making sweetgrass baskets, quilting, and knitting fishing nets are a few of the crafts...
Gullah People | Gullah Net
Gullah People | Gullah Net

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Gullah communities are located where enslaved Africans once lived and worked on Sea Island plantations that were owned by American colonists. Native Americans were also part of these communities. The...
Gullah History | Gullah Net
Gullah History | Gullah Net

Document

From West Africa During the late 1600s, English settlers in the new colonies needed more workers to farm thousands of acres of land on Sea Island plantations. Although some of the workers were Native...
Gullah Culture | The Palmetto Special
Gullah Culture | The Palmetto Special

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With bridges from the islands to the mainland, the advent of radio and television, and the simple passage of time, this unique culture and language has been eroding. Ron and Natalie Daise of Beaufort...