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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Elaborate Dress | Digital Traditions
Elaborate Dress | Digital Traditions

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Marlena McGhee Smalls discusses the reason why the singers wear such elaborate clothing while on stage. From "Voices of the Gullah Culture: Hallelujah Singers." WJWJ-TV Beaufort, SC and SCETV, 1993.
Charleston Basketweavers | Digital Traditions
Charleston Basketweavers | Digital Traditions

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Excerpt from 1986 USC News production. Dale Rosengarten discusses sweetgrass basketry as a part of the Charleston tourist trade, as well as a one of the most highly recognized African-American art...
Family Across the Sea, Part 4 | SCETV Specials
Family Across the Sea, Part 4 | SCETV Specials

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Family Across the Sea, Part 4 Like the Black Seminoles who fled white civilization, blacks began to return to Africa in the 19th century. Historian Alpha Bah has studied the return of blacks to Sierra...
Family Across the Sea, Part 3 | SCETV Specials
Family Across the Sea, Part 3 | SCETV Specials

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Family Across the Sea, Part 3 Anthropologist Joe Opala has studied the history of slavery from the African side of the ocean. He has tracked a remarkable series of connections that end in Charleston...
Family Across the Sea, Part 1 | SCETV Specials
Family Across the Sea, Part 1 | SCETV Specials

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Family Across the Sea, Part 1 This award-winning program explores the remarkable connections between the Gullah of the South Carolina/Georgia Sea Islands and the people of West Africa, particularly...
Family Across the Sea, Part 2 | SCETV Specials
Family Across the Sea, Part 2 | SCETV Specials

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Family Across the Sea, Part 2 A young black scholar named Lorenzo Turner began to research Gullah culture and language. Folklorists and historians who had studied this culture before Turner and...