Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Lowcountry’s roots are steeped in the traditions of the Gullah and the Geechee people. The culture of the Gullah has been maintained by its Sea Island descendants for centuries, through song, lore, cuisine, and sheer love of and dedication to the voices of the past. For Hilton Head Island residents, the month of February is a special time. During this month, the Lowcountry pays homage to its’ Gullah heritage with the annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration which features food, music, art, and a host of other activities that encompass the traditions of the Gullah culture.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The drive to preserve and protect the Gullah Geechee culture rides into 2014 with accelerating enthusiasm drawn from completion of the management plan for how to proceed in going about that work.

When the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission holds its first quarterly meeting of this year on Feb. 21 at Fernandina Beach, Fla., near Amelia Island, the members will be looking to rev up some specifics to move forward on.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Get a taste of “Sea Island Creole” and honor a distinctive cultural heritage in the American South at the Gullah Celebration (January 31-February 23) in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The fete features a traditional Gullah concert, an art exhibit and sale, and a craft and food expo.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Check out this article in the Hilton Head Monthly on Gullah

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

(From Gullah Cultural Legacies by Emory S. Campbell)

Most traditional Gullah neighborhoods in the Sea Islands are uniquely autonomous, similar to their ancestral villages in West Africa. Historically they contained clustered extended families; a Praise House; essential skills bearers; (cast net makers, boat builders, etc.) spiritual leaders, food processing mills (sugarcane and corn) and access to the waterway. Together these qualities ensured sustainability.

Yet their own particular produced good, service and natural environment brands each of these neighborhoods. 

Like other Sea Islands, Hilton Head Island exemplifies this phenomenon in its ten villages that were established in the late 1860s:

•Spanish Wells
•Simmons Fishing Camp
•Union Cemetary/Grassland
•Mitchelville/Fish Haul (Baygall)
•Squire Pope
•Big Hill

Learn more about the Gullah neighborhoods on Hilton Head by taking a tour with Gullah Heritage Tours

Friday, January 10, 2014

This was a burial ground for union soldiers in the 1860s before the graves were removed and reinterred to the National Cemetaries in Beaufort, South Carolina. This is now a Gullah Family cemetary. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Enjoy a synopsis of Gullah Traditions, customary beliefs, art forms and speech on Hilton Head Island and vicinal Sea Islands in South Carolina and Georgia.  Available for purchase at
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