Forgotten people of the sea islands: poignant photos of gullah geechee community shed light on descendants of enslaved africans whose way of life is now facing extinction. The gullah people of south carolina and georgia have a fascinating history and culture also known as the geechee, the gullah are descended from african slaves who were prized for their.
Gullah culture sweetgrass basket maker in charleston photo by: denisbin cc by-nd 20 if you go to the city market in charleston, south carolina on any given. Gullah, also called sea island creole english and geechee, is a creole language spoken by the gullah people (also called geechees within the community), an african-american population.
The geechee/gullah culture on the sea islands of georgia has retained a heritage that spans two continents sapelo island cultural day at the end of the civil war, lands on the coastal. The geechee-gullah people of south carolina's sea islands were confused when outsiders began to build on the shoreline now, their subsistence lifestyle is threatened by rising oceans and. The gullah geechee people are the descendants of central and west africans who came from different ethnic and social groups they were enslaved together on the isolated sea and barrier.
An environmental impact statement published in 2005 estimated that 200,000 people of gullah and geechee heritage live along the southeast coast but these numbers don't tell the full story. The gullah (also called geechee) are the descendants of african slaves who lived in the lowcountry regions of georgia and south carolina they lived on the mainland and on the sea islands.
The gullah people and their language are also called geechee, which may be derived from the name of the ogeechee river near savannah, georgia gullah is a term that was originally used to. On the sea islands along the coasts of south carolina and georgia, a painful chapter of american history is playing out again these islands are home to the gullah or geechee people, the.