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Basketry in the Gullah Sea Islands of South Carolina

This entry focuses on the art of basketry as an African tradition that continues to be passed on from generation to generation, person to person. The basketry tradition that exists among the African Americans of the Sea Islands of South Carolina ranks among the most distinctly African traditions preserved in North America. Among the similarities discussed is the sewing of handmade rice fanner baskets found in Angola that bear unmistakable resemblances to the baskets sewn and used for the same purposes by the Gullah people of South Carolina.

Basketry and Penn School

Gullah culture is preserved primarily in food, language, and forms of craftsmanship passed on from Africa with a blend of African languages and Americanisms. Land use and education are also major ...

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