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Old piece of US slavery history

by Steven Haninger / May 12, 2009 6:00 AM PDT

Having posted about a once vacation spot my family went to, I recalled some of the crafts work we brought back as souvenirs. One of these was called a "Gullah" basket. We have several. Today, they are called sweetgrass baskets. These were made by black women in the area and sold to tourist. They were people who went back to the old rice plantations of South Carolina and Florida. My searching turned up this site. I found it worth sharing. It's very long and involved but I'm willing to bet few here even heard of this.

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Gullah...set the bells ringing
by jonah jones / May 12, 2009 6:27 AM PDT
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Getting page not found, but
by Steven Haninger / May 12, 2009 8:12 AM PDT

I remember mention of a Gullah dialect. Following the continued links in my post, I came to one that was a story telling. I couldn't help but think how much it reminded me of the Uncle Remus tales.

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Good grief! I missed it
by Steven Haninger / May 12, 2009 10:24 AM PDT

Backing up a little, this does appear to be the origin of Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit.

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Good grief! I missed it!!
by diazed129 / May 12, 2009 12:10 PM PDT

That will be a pity!!

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Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers used to
by Ziks511 / May 12, 2009 2:33 PM PDT

circulate around the folk circuit. Gullah was the patois or variant of English that they spoke and included African words that had been preserved. I used to catch them whenever I could because they had wonderful syncopated clapping as well as great singing. It was profoundly moving and exciting music and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and its ability to resist oppression.


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Galluh skills
by Willy / May 12, 2009 1:45 PM PDT

A "few" huh, well I lived in Charleston, SC some yrs. back. The history there is thick. Yeah, I got to go back into old homes and such because of my work. The tourist side is very well done if you take the time. As for basket weaving(what i call it) and the like, there is still some of it there at the open market, downtown. Further, if ever you get a chance try some "wild rice" or (Indian)brown rice, its a different taste and really is expensive outside of the area. Never the less, its good to have on a dish. Old yes, the "the lowcountry" is well. I certainly hated to leave the place. -----Willy Happy

In the website picture(on left, laundry basket) was the one I gave to my Mom, some years back. It wasn't cheap and but all means she liked it. However, one day it couldn't be found, don't know what happened to it. Sad

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(NT) I meant the oval one on the right
by Willy / May 12, 2009 1:47 PM PDT
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Those baskets look just like some we have
by Steven Haninger / May 12, 2009 9:10 PM PDT

but we've used them and not just displayed them. A couple are in need of repair. We were able to watch women weave them at a couple of the craft festivals. One was called "Atalaya" which was an old castle of sorts at Huntington Beach which is 20-30 miles north of Georgetown. That would be probably be about 1/2 days trip from Charlestown up the coastal highway.

These baskets are unique in structure and you'll be hard pressed to find imitations anywhere. No, they weren't cheap. The women seemed to be in no hurry to produce them in a high productivity way. They were all hand made while a settin' or a rockin'. Funny how it's taken me this long to find my experience witnessing such history to be a treasure. Happy

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Atalaya is also a magazine.
by drpruner / May 12, 2009 10:05 PM PDT
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Well...a magazine and more
by Steven Haninger / May 13, 2009 4:11 AM PDT

A school in N.M.

I've been to and through the one at Huntington Beach, S.C. several times. There isn't that much to see. On the other side of the highway is BrookGreen Gardens which is also from the Huntington's. It's quite a nice place for to take a walking tour. I believe the annual arts and crafts festival at Atalaya was in September when we'd go there. It was one of the better ones my wife and I would go to. But I don't remember any of your folks there handing out pamphlets. Thanks for the link. The pictures are quite familiar. Happy
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Good catch- I hadn't heard of it.
by drpruner / May 13, 2009 5:00 AM PDT

You can see from the street names and such that Santa Fe was settled by some hard-core Catholics. Happy

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Well, let's see
by Steven Haninger / May 13, 2009 5:37 AM PDT

Santa must be "Saint" and Fe is "iron". Yep...that's hard ore...or did you say core. Happy I believe there's a monastery north of there with their own web site. Who'd a thunk that monks would sink to that level. Gotta' make a living. Perhaps they've got a radio station...all Gregorian Chants all the time. Arghhh! Sorry padre...but we've got to do something about our music. No wonder there's so much snoring during your homilies. Shocked

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The one religious place I'm aware of was
by drpruner / May 13, 2009 11:14 AM PDT
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the one at Jemez, N of just about everything. It's closed. There are small groups of nuns and others all over the state. I went to one to install a copier and had to be led through to the office with a nun leading the way, ringing a bell. 'Male alert!' as it were. Happy
She was one of my nicest install customers.

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Book and movie;
by drpruner / May 12, 2009 10:10 PM PDT
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