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Sea Island roots: African Presence in the Carolinas and Georgia
Mary A. Twining
975 Sea

Ain't You Got a right to the Tree of Life: the People of
Johns Island, South Carolina-their Faces, their Words, and their Songs 

Guy Carawan
975.700496 Carawan

Reminiscences of Sea Island Heritage   

Ronald Daise 975.799 Daise

Gullah Branches, West African Roots
Ronald Daise
305.896 Daise

When Roots Die: Endangered Traditions on the Sea Islands
Patricia Jones-Jackson
306.0975 Jones

The Legacy of Ibo Landing: Gullah Roots of African American Culture
Marquetta L.Goodwine
975.799 Legacy

Gulluh fuh oonuh = Gullah for You: a Guide to the Gullah Language
Virginia Mixson Geraty
427.975799 Geraty

Daufuskie Island: Photographs 25th Anniversary Edition
Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
975.799 Moutous

Daughters of the Dust: the Making of an African American Woman's Film
Julie Dash
791.4372 Dash

De Nyew Testament: the New Testament in Gullah Sea Island Creole
American Bible Society
226.2 Bible

Blue Roots: African-American Folk Magic of the Gullah People
Roger Pinckney
398.0975759 Pinckney

The Water is Wide
Pat Conroy
371.97 C

Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night
Sallie Ann Robinson
641.59296 Robinson

Gullah Cuisine: by Land and by Sea
Charlotte Jenkins
641.59757 Jenkins

My Gullah Kitchen
Eva Segar
641.59757 Segar

Sweetgrass Baskets and the Gullah Tradition
Joyce V. Coakley
746.41 Coakley

Gullah Images: the Art of Jonathan Green
Jonathan Green
759.1457 Green

A Gullah guide to Charleston: Walking through Black History
Alphonso Brown
917.57915 Brown


Praisesong for the Widow
Paule Marshall

The Knees of Gullah Island
Dwight Fryer

The Black Border: Gullah stories of the Carolina Coast
Ambrose Elliott Gonzales

Haint Blue: a Novel
Carl E. Linke

Bright Skin: a Novel, Black April, Green Thursday, and Scarlet Sister Mary
Julia Mood Peterkin

Dubose Heyward

Low Country
Anne Rivers Siddons

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston

Toni Morrison

Selections for Children

Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl
Virginia Hamilton
J 398.2 Hamilton

Bo Rabbit Smart for True: Folktales from the Gullah
Priscilla Jaquith
J 398.245 Jaq

A Gullah Alphabet
Margie Willis Clary
J 427.975799 Clary

The Water Brought Us: the Story of the Gullah-speaking People
Muriel Miller Branch
J 975.799 Branch

Gullah Night before Christmas
Virginia Mixson Geraty Juvenile Fiction

Little Muddy Waters: a Gullah Folk Tale
Ronald Daise Juvenile Fiction

Spooky Tales from Gullah Gullah Island
Hettie Jones Juvenile Fiction

Tales from the Land of Gullah for Kids [DVD]
Anita Singleton-Prather
J 398.20975799 Tales


Daughters of the Dust [DVD]
Dash, Julie

Roots of Rhythm [DVD]
Plantation Singers
782.253 Plantati

Family Across the Sea [DVD]
Domino Boulware
975.7 Family

Songs uv dee Gullah Pee'puls [CD]
Gullah Kinfolk
782.253 Songs

Library Database
Oxford African American Studies Center


Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress, 1839-1915
Edward A. Miller
B Smalls

Coming Through: Voices of a South Carolina Gullah Community from WPA Oral Histories
Genevieve W. Chandler
975.789 Coming