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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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...
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...