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Gullah

is a word used for both the native islanders and the language they speak

Gullah is the only English-derived creole language in use on the United States of America mainland.  It is a unique linguistic contribution of the African- American people to our American heritage. The language was influenced both by various creoles spoken by the natives of the West Indies and by the English dialects used by overseers of plantations in the American colonies.  Gullah sounds like English, but there is a certain flavor of the West African coast in its intonation and stress. The vocabulary of Gullah is mostly English with only a few words from African languages. Gullah is recognized by linguists as a language rather than a dialect.

BLUE ROOTS:

African American Folk Magic of the Gullah People

 

by Roger Pinckney

 

Raised in the heart of Gullah country, Roger Pinckney provides an inside look at the history,

practices and people of Gullah country, off the coast of South Carolina.  More info...

 

 

Gullah Branches, West African Roots 

by Ronald Daise

Documents the lifestyles, customs, superstitions, and lore of cultures from which the Gullah sprang.  Ronald Daise lovingly weaves poetry, personal experience, spirituals, and stunning visuals, to connect the Gullah culture to West African values and traditions and the African Diaspora of three hundred years ago.

 

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View Gullah Geechee -- the me I tried to flee: Ron Daise at TEDxCharleston

 

 

GULLUH FUH OONUH

 (Gullah for You) A Guide to the Gullah Language

by Virginia Mixson Geraty

An alphabetical collection of Gullah words and phrases that offer tips on pronunciation.

The guide is a valuable tool for students and researchers wanting to learn more about the Gullah language.

 

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THE SONG OF THE COTTON PICKER

 

by Madeline Horres Hantske
Introduction by
Archibald Rutledge

Photographs by Carl Julien


All true, musical, humorous, and philosophical experiences are recorded in these poems as spoken

by the Gullah people of the early 1900s in the South Carolina Low Country.

 

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GULLAH COOK BOOKS   

                      
 
 

Gullah for Young Readers:

 

MYSTERY OF EDISTO ISLAND

        Written by Idella Bodie, Illustrated by Gay Kovach

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THE WATER BROUGHT US

The Story of the Gullah-Speaking People

by Muriel Miller Branch

 

A wonderful book for young readers that allows an intense experience of gullah history and culture.

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