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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The Visitor | Carolyn White | Digital Traditions
The Visitor | Carolyn White | Digital Traditions

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Recorded at the 1998 Fall Folklife Festival, McKissick Museum. Notice the differences between this version and the version in the video clip. As with most forms of folk narrative, variation is an...
Agnes Brown Photos | Digital Traditions
Agnes Brown Photos | Digital Traditions

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West Africans brought to the South Carolina and Georgia coasts as slaves settled on geographically isolated plantations whose owners often were absent. Such conditions allowed lowcountry slaves to...
Veronica Gerald | Digital Traditions
Veronica Gerald | Digital Traditions

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Veronica Gerald’s familiarity with the South Carolina Gullah culture extends well beyond her professional career of researching and teaching about this unique community. One could say she has spent...
Jonathan Green's Paintings | Artopia
Jonathan Green's Paintings | Artopia

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Jonathan Green was born in Gardens Corner, in the lowcountry of South Carolina. His grandparents raised him, and his grandmother first encouraged his interest in art. He studied at the Art Institute...
Gullah Baskets | Digital Traditions
Gullah Baskets | Digital Traditions

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Excerpt from the 1971 SCETV production "Gullah Baskets." This short documentary was narrated by James Clyburn and discusses the properties of sweetgrass, gathering techniques, and environmental...
Mazie Brown  | Digital Traditions
Mazie Brown | Digital Traditions

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Mazie Brown describes a typical day at her basket stand along Highway 17. Brown talks of her history as a basketmaker and of her mother who also had a stand. From the "Row Upon Row" documentary...