Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Traditional Gullah Neighborhoods

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(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:

•Stoney
•Jonesville
•Spanish Wells
•Simmons Fishing Camp
•Gardner-Marshland
•Chaplin
•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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