Sweetgrass basket in progress. Image courtesy of SCPRT.
Learn about the rich Gullah culture that continues in Charleston and the Lowcountry.
- What is Gullah?
- The Gullah: Rice, Slavery, and the Sierra Leone-American Connection
- Geechee and Gullah Culture
- The Gullah Traditions
- Gullah Arts & Culture
- Family Across the Sea
Learn about slave songs and Gullah music with Aunt Pearlie-Sue! You can write a blues song, sing a worship song in the praise house, and find the hidden meaning in a work song.
Sweetgrass baskets have been made in Charleston and along the coast for more than 300 years. Slaves from West Africa brought this art with them and have passed the tradition on from generation to generation.
- Gullah Tales
Check out these folk tales in the Gullah language.
- Two Prayers in Gullah
Read and listen to two prayers in Gullah!
- Spoken Gullah
Learn about the Gullah language and hear an example of spoken Gullah.
- The Gullah Creole Language
Scroll to the bottom to read a poem in English and in Gullah.
- Gullah Dictionary
This dictionary has lots of Gullah words and their definitions.
- The Gullah Language
Learn a few English words in Gullah.
Hoppin John is a traditional beans and rice dish eaten on New Year's Day.
Learn about the foods, techniques, and recipes that the Gullah people prepare, from rice dishes to Hoppin’ John and sweet potatoes.