The Gullah Geechee people are the descendants of West and Central Africans who were enslaved and bought to the lower Atlantic states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia to work on the coastal rice, Sea Island cotton and indigo plantations.
Gullah Geechee is a unique, creole language spoken in the coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The vocabulary and grammatical roots come from African and European languages. It is the only distinctly, African creole language in the United States and it has influenced traditional Southern vocabulary and speech patterns.
Today’s Gullah Geechee arts and crafts are the result of products designed by their ancestors out of necessity for daily living such as making cast nets for fishing, basket weaving for agriculture and textile arts for clothing and warmth.
Enslaved Africans were exposed to Christian religious practices in several ways and incorporated elements that were meaningful to them into their African rooted system of beliefs. These values included the belief in a God, community above individuality, respect for elders, kinship bonds, and ancestors; respect for nature, and honoring the continuity of life and the afterlife.
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A significant example of African cultural heritage that was transported across the Atlantic by enslaved African people.
Sweetgrass basket sewing is viewed as a gift from god. The craft, handed down from generation to generation is usually learned from childhood. Baskets require a great deal of patience and creativity, as there are no set patterns.
After the 1890s, sweetgrass baskets began to evolve from agricultural implements to household items. Sweetgrass, a softer, finer straw, replaced bulrush as the primary material.
When one lady of vision, placed her chair along the highway to display baskets for sale, a tradition was born.
In 1997, a Historical marker was erected to commemorate the legacy and history of sweetgrass baskets and their makers
Because the grasses used in these baskets come from swamps and marsh areas water will not hurt them. To clean, gently spray the basket with cold water. Then, thoroughly air dry. this is the only care required.