What is information about the Gullah community of South Carolina?
- Anonymous8 years agoFavorite Answer
The descendants of the West African slaves brought to the south during the years of the slave trade are referred to as Gullah or Geechee people, depending on what area of the south is being discussed. In South Carolina's Lowcountry these people are known as Gullah people.
Though the slaves worked tirelessly throughout the years they created a sense of community among themselves by holding on to their West African heritage. They used the grasses of the salt marshes to weave what we now call sweetgrass baskets. These baskets were used to store and carry dry goods. The skill of basket weaving was passed down from mother to daughter for generations so that it is still a major part of the lives of today's Gullah communities where the baskets are used in their daily lives and sold to tourists.
Another element of the past that the Gullah people are known for is their language. It is an English- based Creole language with roots in the Krio language used in West Africa, specifically Sierra Lione. It is thought that this language began as a result of the interaction with the whites of the land and was integrated with the native tongue of the slaves. Over the years, the Gullah language further developed into a strongly-accented form of modern English with select West African words or word-forms blended together.
Religion is an important aspect in the lives of the Gullah people and in 1994 the American Bible Society published "De Good Nyews Bout Jedus Christ Wa Luke Write: The Gospel according to Luke." This book of the Bible was written in the Gullah language and translated by Gullah people.
Even with technology making the world a smaller and more accessible place, the Gullah make it a point to live off the resources of the sea islands. They are believers in using natural forms of medicine that can be derived from the earth via roots, herbs, and concoctions of the two. Many Gullah communities have female elders who tend to those sick with colds and other small ailments by having them inhale various natural herbs believed to have healing properties. However, the Gullah people do not believe in "witch doctors" or any form of medicine that uses spells or hexes as this is a direct interference with their religious beliefs and practices.
Vacationers and other visitors to the Lowcountry frequently seek out foods that are based on Gullah dishes without even realizing it. Boiled peanuts (or boiled "gubers" as the Gullah people would say) are such a popular snack down south that few know where it got its roots.
Another popular dish with Gullah roots is that of gumbo, which has an okra-base and a host of other vegetables, spices, and meats. The word gumbo is derived from an Angola-based language in West Africa.
Visitors to Edisto undoubtedly have tried Gullah food if they've ever made or ordered what is commonly referred to as Lowcountry boil or frogmore stew. This consists of boiled shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes combined in a bucket and served steaming hot. This recipe enabled the people to make a feast off the readily available food of the land and water.
While the Gullah ways have infiltrated the mainstream world, the Gullah people managed to hold true to their heritage and maintain their way of life for years while living alongside the ever-changing world. They are as much a part of the Lowcountry as the Lowcountry is a part of them. Their presence will forever act as a reminder of the past and how to properly respect that past it must be appreciated and understood.Source(s): http://www.edistoisland.com/gulla/
- ggraves1724Lv 78 years ago
I worked with one a few years ago, and sort of got to know him. I know they have a language and a social outlook that is much different than "ordinary folks", no matter what race. That 's about all I know, I would think they are similar to Gypsies, staying within their own group and being fairly private to outsiders.
- MarkLv 78 years ago
That unlike a lot of "people" online, they do their own homework.