20 May 2008

Gullah Culture

The term "Gullah" or "Geechee" describes a unique group of African Americans descended from enslaved Africans who settled along the Atlantic coast, often on sea islands, between what is now Wilmington, NC to Jacksonville, FL. Gullah is a broad culture embracing the political, social, economic, linguistic, and artistic life of native African-American Sea Islanders.
The Beaufort District Collection is home to an extensive Gullah/Geechee historical collection of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, videos, and more! Here are just a few BDC items that may wet your appetite for Gullah/Geechee sea island culture:

Gullah History and Culture
305.8961 CRO. Gullah Culture in America by Wilbur Cross
This title is available at all branch libraries.

306 JON. When Roots Die: Endangered Traditions on the Sea Islands by Patricia Jones-Jackson
This title is also available at Bluffton and Hilton Head Island branches.

398 JOH. Folk Culture on St. Helena Island, South Carolina by Guy B. Johnson
This title is also available at the Hilton Head Island branch.

975 POL. The Gullah People and Their African Heritage by William S. Pollitzer
This title is also available at Beaufort and Hilton Head Island branches.

975.799 GOD. God's Gonna Trouble the Water [DVD] by Teresa Bruce
This title is available at all branch libraries.

Gullah Language
427.9757 GER. Gulluh fuh oonuh = Gullah for you by Virginia Geraty
This title is also available at Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Lobeco branches.

427.9757 TUR. Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect by Lorenzo Dow Turner
This title is also available at Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Lobeco branches.

Port Royal Experiment
975.704 ROS. Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment by Willie Lee Rose
This title is available at all branch libraries.

975.799 NOR. "By Industry and Thrift": Landownership Among the Freedpeople by Kerry Normand
This title is also available at Beaufort and St. Helena branches.

Folkways
398 PIN. Blue Roots: African American Folk Magic of the Gullah People by Roger Pinckney
This title is also available at Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Lobeco branches.

398.2 GUL. Gullah Animal Tales from Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
This title is available at all branch libraries.

641.5975 ROB. Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way... by Sallie Ann Robinson
This title is available at all branch libraries.

Webpages
Find more information at the Beaufort County Library website and the Gullah Language and Sea Island Culture history page.

The Beaufort District Collection is a division of the Beaufort County Library, a department of Beaufort County Government of South Carolina.

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