A Cultural Journey Back in Time
Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 9:06 pm
MEMPHIS, TN – (August 6, 2010)
Gullah is a West African culture that survived the hardships of slavery and remained almost unscathed since the 1600s. The arts and practices of the Gullah people are now revived in a reinvented, powerful exhibit, "Tales from the Land of Gullah" opening at The Children’s Museum of Memphis September 25, 2010-January 2, 2011. The exhibit builds bridges into the ancestral home that exists in the hearts and minds of many Gullah people today. It takes visitors back to the 1940s, long before the existing bridges were built to connect the islands to the mainland and the culture began to blend. In today’s society, values and traditions are assimilating into one as advances in technology bring the world together. This exhibit aims to preserve and provide cultural understanding of Gullah traditions, as well as develop an appreciation for one’s own culture and background.
Children experience the rhythms of Gullah life through sounds, crafts and musical traditions. In the exhibit, visitors begin their voyage in time with a brief introduction via an interactive kiosk by Aunt Pearlie Sue. They then enter a recreated, traditional Gullah home in "Gullah Livin’" where they are able to engage in the everyday practices, including rice cooking and quilt making, just like they did in the 1940s. Then, visitors head outside the home and experience how the Gullah people survived through shrimp catching, gardening and rice processing in "Livin’ off the Land."Children and parents alike experience how the Gullah folks entertained themselves through lively storytelling in "The Tellin’ Forest."
The exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Houston. It is included with museum admission. For more information, visit CMOM.COM.