Gullah Folktales from the Georgia Coast

Overview


In 1888, Charles Colcock Jones Jr. published the first collection of folk narratives from the Gullah-speaking people of the South Atlantic coast, tales he heard black servants exchange on his family's rice and cotton plantation. It has been out of print and largely unavailable until now.

Jones saw the stories as a coastal variation of Joel Chandler Harris's inland dialect tales and sought to preserve their unique language and character. Through Jones' rendering of the sound and...

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Overview


In 1888, Charles Colcock Jones Jr. published the first collection of folk narratives from the Gullah-speaking people of the South Atlantic coast, tales he heard black servants exchange on his family's rice and cotton plantation. It has been out of print and largely unavailable until now.

Jones saw the stories as a coastal variation of Joel Chandler Harris's inland dialect tales and sought to preserve their unique language and character. Through Jones' rendering of the sound and syntax of nineteenth-century Gullah, the lively stories describe the adventures and mishaps of such characters as "Buh Rabbit," "Buh Ban-Yad Rooster," and other animals. The tales range from the humorous to the instructional and include stories of the "sperits," Daddy Jupiter's "vision," a dying bullfrog's last wish, and others about how "buh rabbit gained sense" and "why the turkey buzzard won't eat crabs."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820322162
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2000
  • Series: Brown Thrasher Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,039,065
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles Colcock Jones (1831-1893), was a prominent Georgia planter, lawyer, politician, and historian. Susan Millar Williams lives in McClellanville, South Carolina, where she is the executive director of the McClellanville Arts Council. Her writing has been published in the Nation and the Southern Review. She is the author of A Devil and a Good Woman, Too: The Lives of Julia Peterkin (Georgia).
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Table of Contents

foreword
i. how come buh alligatur nebber sleep fur from de ribber bank
ii. buh tukrey buzzud an de rain
iii. how buh cooter fool buh deer
iv. buh wolf, buh rabbit, an de tar baby
v. buh fowl-hawk an buh rooster
vi. buh tukrey buzzud an de king crab
vii. de king, eh darter, buh wolf, an buh rabbit
viii. buh pattridge an buh rabbit
ix. de ole man an de gallinipper
x. buh sparruh
xi. buh alligatur an buh mash-hen
xii. buh fowl-hawk an buh turkrey buzzud
xiii. buh wolf an buh rabbit
xiv. buh wolf an de two dinner
xv. buh owl an buh rooster
xvi. buh lion an buh goat
xvii. buh bear an buh tiger
xviii. buh monkey an de bull-dog
xix. buh elephant an buh rooster
xx. de po man an de snake
xxi. leely gal, buh alligatur, an de jay-bud
xxii. de cat, de rat, de cheese, an de fox
xxiii. buh rabbit an de tarruh beastises
xxiv. buh wolf, buh rabbit, an de butter
xxv. de eagle an de chillun
xxvi. chanticleer an de ban-yad rooster
xxvii. buh rabbit an de groun-mole
xxviii. buh rabbit an de rock-soup
xxix. de two fren an de bear
xxx. de ole man an det
xxxi. de king an eh ring
xxxii. buh lion, buh rabbit, buh fox, an buh roccoon
xxxiii. buh rabbit, buh wolf, an de porpus
xxxiv. de debble an may belle
xxxv. de ole man an de coon
xxxvi. buh rabbit an de crawfish
xxxvii. buh rabbit an buh elephunt
xxxviii. buh rabbit, buh wolf, an buh possum
xxxix. buh rabbit, buh wolf, an de holler tree
xl. buh rabbit an de cunjur man
xli. buh rabbit, buh fox, an de fisherman
xlii. buh rabbit, buh wolf, an de yearlin
xliii. buh rabbit, buh wolf, de dog, an de goose
xliv. buh squirle an buh fox
xlv. buh rabbit, buh wolf, an de buckra man
xlvi. buh rabbit an buh wolf funeral
xlvii. de new nigger an eh mossa
xlviii. buh rabbit an de king darter
xlix. de single ball
l. buh roccoon an buh possum
li. buh wolf, buh rabbit an de rain
lii. buh alligatur, buh rabbit an buh wolf
liii. de dyin bull-frog
liv. buh rabbit, buh pattridge, an de cow
lv. de fiddler, buh tiger, an buh bear
lvi. de ole king an de noung king
lvii. buh goat an buh wolf
lviii. dentistry at the old plantation home
lix. the negro and the alligator
lx. sperits
lxi. daddy jupiter's vision
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