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When Roots Die: Endangered Traditions on the Sea Islands

When Roots Die: Endangered Traditions on the Sea Islands

by Patricia Jones-Jackson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820323934

ISBN-13: 9780820323930

Pub. Date: 10/01/1989

Publisher: University of Georgia Press


When Roots Die celebrates and preserves the venerable Gullah culture of the sea islands of the South Carolina and Georgia coast. Entering into communities long isolated from the world by a blazing sun and salt marshes, Patricia Jones-Jackson captures the cadence of the storyteller lost in the adventures of "Brer Rabbit," records voices lifted in song or

Overview


When Roots Die celebrates and preserves the venerable Gullah culture of the sea islands of the South Carolina and Georgia coast. Entering into communities long isolated from the world by a blazing sun and salt marshes, Patricia Jones-Jackson captures the cadence of the storyteller lost in the adventures of "Brer Rabbit," records voices lifted in song or prayer, and describes folkways and beliefs that have endured, through ocean voyage and human bondage, for more than two hundred years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820323930
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
10/01/1989
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
In Memoriamxviii
Prefacexix
Acknowledgmentsxxv
Introduction1
1The Social History and Organization4
Topography
Demography
Economy
Social Structure
2The Folk Literature32
Oral Presentation
The Setting
The Audience
The Storytellers
Conclusion
3The Texts77
The Prayers
A Sermon
Gullah Tales Exemplifying Audience Participation
Three Gullah Tales with African Parallels
4The Language132
History
Present-Day Gullah
Features of Grammar
Conclusion147
Appendix 1An Interview: Catching Fish151
Appendix 2Buh Rabbit en' de Lawd156
Appendix 3Phoentic Text: The Soul and the Spirit158
Appendix 4The Land Question165
Notes169
Selected Bibliography179
Index185

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