BBC News . . . the Geechees of South Carolina and Georgia
This is an interesting report from BBC Overseas News on the Gullah-Geechee People of the South Atlantic Coast. The British reporter completely missed their Uchee-Creek connection, however. Both words are derived from Creek words. Ogeechee was a powerful Uchee province along the Ogeechee River of Georgia. Gullah is derived from the Creek word, Wahale, which means “Southerners.” Their language includes several key Creek and Uchee words, which academicians have labeled African words, “whose meaning have been lost.” Some of their traditions are also Muskogean, not African. Several bi-racial or tri-racial communities on the South Carolina coast have organized themselves into tribes with Creek names. Some are recognized by the state government. Others are not. The People of One Fire has consistently supported the efforts of these other tribes to be state recognized. We feel certain that if their members had been Caucasian and Native American, they would have been recognized many years ago.
One has to remember that South Carolina planters intentionally cross-bred Native American women with African men. Books were published to guide newly minted planters on “slave breeding and management.” It makes one want to vomit when you read these books, which treat Native Americans and Africans like cattle or sheep. Twenty percent of the total population of the South Carolina Low Country in 1710 were Native American slaves.
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