Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Sea Islands are a chain of tidal and barrier islands on the Southeastern Atlantic Oceans coast of the United States. Numbering over 100, they are located between the mouths of the Santee and St. Johns Rivers along the coast of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

The Sea Island culture is comprised of many different people but mainly one specific culture of people, Gullah.  The Gullah, a rich and obscure culture, are descendants of enslaved Africans who worked on the rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia.

Today, the Sea Island culture still exists and has been maintained in many ways.  Many Gullah people still live in small farming and fishing communities along the Atlantic coastal plain. Because of the strong community life and slight geographical location, the Gullah heritage has been preserves for many years. It is also celebrated in many ways and by this, the Sea Island culture has maintained its livelihood. 

For more ways to experience Gullah and Sea Island Culture, check out Gullahcelebration.com.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The 19th Annual Hilton Head Gullah Celebration is less than five months away.  This celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration programming includes a variety of events designed to attract local residents, regional, national and international travelers. The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast.

As in previous years, the 2015 Gullah Celebration will feature the works of many Gullah artisans.   Past featured Gullah visual artists have included Johnnie Griner, Patricia Sabree, Cassandra Gillens, James Denmark, Jonathan Green, and the late Allen Fireall.  Works from many past artists as well as new artists will be featured in the Arts Ob We People XVIII Exhibit which will be located at the Walter Greer Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina for the duration of the 19th Annual Gullah Celebration.

During the duration of Gullah Celebration, traditional gullah items, foods, and works will be sold.  These items can be found at popular events such as The Taste of Gullah, Ol’
 Fashioned Gullah Breakfast, and The Arts, Crafts, and Food Expo.  The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration not only showcases the rich cultural heritage of Gullah and their history on Hilton Head Island but also shines light on Gullah artisans.  It gives them a chance to present their works to people from all around the world. 


For more information on the 19th Annual Hilton Head Gullah Celebration, stay updated through gullahcelebration.com.  The Gullah Celebration will kick off with its opening reception on January 31, 2015 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. 

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 www.gullaheritage.com
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