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In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth I am going to do a thread on the #Gullah people and the Gullah Geechee Nation in general. This is where a wealth of my heritage comes from as well as many Black people in America.
The Gullah Geechee heritage is strong on my Dad’s side. These are photos of my Great Great Grandparents, my Great Grandfather and my Grandmother. All of them are Gullah Geechee. In doing some research, I also discovered my Mom’s Grandfather was Gullah as well 😊
Although we are concentrated in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina & Georgia, the actual Gullah Geechee Corridor spans both of The Carolinas, Georgia & Florida. The Lowcountry region not only include coastal areas but the Sea Islands of South Carolina, Georgia & Florida 🌴
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The Gullah: Rice, Slavery, and the Sierra Leone-American Connection

“The #Gullah are directly descended from the slaves who labored on the rice plantations, and their language reflects significant influences from #SierraLeone and the surrounding area.”

glc.yale.edu/gullah-rice-sl…
They speak a creole language similar to Sierra Leone Krio, use African names, tell African folktales, make African-style handicrafts such as baskets and carved walking sticks, and enjoy a rich cuisine based primarily on rice.
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 islands that span what is now designated as the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.
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So, that long-promised lowdown on rice and slavery. There's a couple of things to understand from the off: "jollof wars" might be playful but they indicate a long West African history with rice.
That history also means that industrial head hunting actually began during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Rice has been cultivated in West Africa for centuries although the variety native to the region was not considered to have high yields.
Soon, the WA strains were largely replaced with Asian oryza sativa strains and is now mainly cultivated in Nigeria, Mali, Sierra Leone and along the Ghana-Togo border. Locals continue to cultivate it because they consider the native rice more filling and sweeter... (call break..)
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