GULLAH GEECHEE TOUR 2018
MAY 7 – 11, 2018
LEAVING FROM WASHINGTON DC
The Gullah history is well known in South and North Carolina. Not many people know that Georgia also has a huge historical significance in the Gullah history. This particular Gullah tour is an opportunity to get to know that part of the Gullah culture.
WHY THE GULLAH TOUR?
The Gullah are a distinctive group of Black Americans from Coastal South Carolina and Coastal Georgia in the southeastern United States. They live in small farming and fishing communities along the Atlantic coastal plain and on the chain of Sea Islands which runs parallel to the coast. Because of their geographical isolation and strong community life, the Gullah have been able to preserve more of their African cultural heritage than any other group of Black Americans. They speak a creole language similar to Sierra Leone Krio, use African names, tell African folktales, make African-style handicrafts such as baskets and carved walking sticks, and enjoy a rich cuisine based primarily on rice.
The Gullah people are directly descended from the enslaves who labored on the rice plantations, and their language reflects significant influences from Sierra Leone and the surrounding area. The Gullahs’ English- based creole language is strikingly similar to Sierra Leone Krio and contains such identical expressions as bigyai (greedy), pantap (on top of), ohltu (both), tif (steal), yeys (ear) and swit (delicious).
DAY 1: Leave Washington DC 5:00 AM
Check into Hotel in Beaufort, South Carolina
DAY 2: Travel to St Helena Island
Visit the Penn Center (which is the site of the very first school for Africans on the Sea Islands)
Learn history of the residents of St Helena Island
DAY 3: Charleston, SC
Travel to Charleston for city tour/Downtown, Sullivan’s Island, Johns Island
Traditional Gullah Dinner
Back to Beaufort, SC
DAY 4: Travel to Savannah
Savannah City Tour
Geechee Kunda Center
Back to Beaufort, South Carolina
DAY 5: Check out – End of Tour
$680pp double occupancy
$998pp single occupancy
Includes: Hotel, Transportation from Washington DC, Breakfast, (1) dinner
A deposit of $300 is due upon completion of this registration form. The deposit can be sent via Paypal (roots to glory tours) at a 4% fee or can be mailed to Roots to Glory Tours, P.O. Box 92, Stevenson, Maryland 21153.
The balance will be due by March 1, 2018.
For additional information please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE DEPOSIT OF $300 IS REFUNDABLE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF PAYMENT ONLY. It is recommended that you purchase trip insurance in case you need to cancel. You can do so at www.squaremouth.com.
Prices are not guaranteed after March 1, 2018, due date.
Reference material for this trip: http://newsreel.org/video/THE-LANGUAGE-YOU-CRY-IN