- This is a updated version of Lorenzo Dow Turner's seminal work on the Gullah language, Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect. Be forewarned, this isn't a guide to speaking or understanding Gullah, but a real linguistic exploration of the language.
- Here's another book I have and recommend, Gullah Culture in America. Much more approachable than Turner's work, less academic and involved, but much easier reading.
- Jonathan Green is an amazing artist and is probably the first thing that pops into my mind when I think about the Geechee people depicted in art.
- Here's a useful dictionary of Gullah words.
- Recently, Rick Steves' show included a tour guide from Hilton Head discussing the Gullah. The guide mispronounces the names and is not well versed in many details, but this episode did reach a wider audience than local articles and interviews.
Late last month, one of the more interesting people in Beaufort, SC passed away. Ralph Davis Jr. grew up on Wadmalaw Island and then came to the Beaufort area after his service as a fighter pilot in the Korean War. You can read Ralph's obit here. But, what I remember most about Ralph is that he was a storyteller. Ralph was one of the few white folks I've ever met that could speak in perfect Gullah and he loved nothing more than to tell a story using that beautiful, poetic tongue of the Sea Islands. If you've never heard Gullah spoken, you're missing one of the most musical and charming languages. Take a few minutes to watch this video with Queen Quet: Now you have some idea what my friend sounded like when he told stories. So, with that in mind, you should take a few minutes to read this story, written by Ralph last year, and reprinted today by The Beaufort Gazette. You give up a lot not hearing Ralph's tone, inflection, and cadence, but I hope you can see the power of his storytelling, even in this two-dimensional setting. If you're really interested in the Gullah language or the Geechee culture, here are a few resources: