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Gullah History

In the late seventeenth until the mid-eighteenth century, thousands of enslaved Africans survived the middle passage to reach south Atlantic shores. Mostly due to the relative isolation of the Sea Islands at this time, including Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie.  Over time, the enslaved Africans and their descendants developed a creole culture in which elements of African languages, cultures, and community life were preserved to a high degree. That creole culture is known as Gullah. 

Find out how the Gullah Celebration continues the traditons of the ancestors.

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Sabree's style can be best classified as Expressionism because of the bold brushstrokes, vibrant lash  of colors, crossed-sectional patterns, sometimes featureless individuals, bright-eyed little girls and boys. She is painting her legacy  the Gullah people's way of life.  

Most importantly, there is a force resonating through her emphatically stating that, this is the time... time  to tell the visual low country story that needs to be told. More About Sabree

Through the generosity of individuals and small business employees as volunteers and/or financial support, we are able to annually host programs and events that honor Gullah culture. It is our hope that you will join in as a donor or sponsor to help us continue to preserve the unique cultural influences of Gullah on Hilton Head Island. Show your support

Wona Womalan West African Drum & Dance Ensemble-February 2020
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For 25 years, the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration has highlighted the rich and cultural Gullah heritage on the world's favorite island!

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