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The Gullah People of South Carolina
Blog Posted:1/12/2013 7:23:00 PM
The Gullah people drift with the tide,
existing by the Charleston seaside.
Their lives more often unduly harsh,
yielding and melding with the marsh.
Africans of Dominican voice impressed.
Tales of Bruh rabbit are among the best.
From all over the world they came
Slaves, but, of rice field planting fame.
The Gullah are not a well known group. They don't organize like Indians and others. There are many known Gullah poets, story tellers. Gullah are also known as "geechee" but it is well for only another Gullah to use that term, otherwise it probably will be taken as an insult. There are many Gullah story tellers
Gullah have a unique way of speaking. The link just above will take you to the list or you can just searce ‘Gullah words’. I included these few just to peak your interest.
ANSUH answer, answers, answered, answering Also used for
message, especially for one requiring an answer;
“Uh sen’ uh ansuh to de gal fuh tell’um uh wan’
hab’um fuh wife”
I sent a message to the girl to tell her that I
wanted to marry her
AP’UN apron, aprons
ARUH each, either
ATTACKTID Attacked (See “‘tack”‘ and “‘tacktid”)
ATTHR’UM after him, her, it, them
ATTUHW’ILE after a while
AXIL axle, axles
AX’ME ask, asks, asked, asking me
AX’UM ask or asked him, her, it, them