Gullah Living in the Lowlands and Sea Islands

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Gullah Proverb: if oonuh ent know eh oonuh dah gwine, oonuh should knowe oonuh come fum. Translation: If you don’t know where you’re going, You should know where you come from. I thank Fodor’s for that info. Gullah basically is culture, language and a people in the Lowcountry that developed by the importation of slaves to the Sea Islands and today communities follow traditions. South of Beaufort nine miles is Penn Center, the first school for freed slaves during the Civil War, also an area that is Gullah. It is thought that the word is derived from Angola slaves and West African rice kingdoms. The Lowlands plantations dealt mostly with rice growing so obviously slaves from there fit here the slave dealers thought. Much of today’s fancy Lowlands’s cuisine is based on foods the Gullahs worked with. Even today if lucky a meal prepared this way is found, Shrimp, oysters, okra and peanuts are basics and rice is always included. Remember if you want to attempt speaking Gullah a few cocktails help tremendously…