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ERIC Number: EJ762679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Let the Mainlands Hear the Word
Swope, Brad
Teaching Tolerance, n25 p68-72 Spr 2004
The Gullah Nation encompasses the Sea Islands of coastal South Carolina and Georgia, taking in small adjoining swaths of North Carolina and Florida. The Gullah--or Geechee, as they are usually known in Georgia--survive and often thrive in postmodern America. But they still cherish their traditional crafts (basketweaving, storytelling, cast net-making); their cuisine (rice, fresh seafood and homegrown vegetables); a values system that prizes education, self-sufficiency and environmental stewardship; and above all, their language, a curious African-English blend still spoken by as many as 750,000 people. Yet, as with the Cajuns' French dialect in Louisiana or the Pennsylvania German of the Amish, the language may be the most vulnerable part of Gullah culture. So, at the Penn Center on the St. Helena Island, S.C., schoolchildren study the Program for Academic and Cultural Enhancement (PACE). In this article the author discusses the PACE curriculums's efforts to preserve Gullah culture. (Contains 6 resources and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; South Carolina