This PDF file is a first attempt to compile a Salt-Water Geechee Lexical Heritage Dictionary, based on Cornelia Walker Bailey’s book: God, Dr. Buzzard and the Bolito Man. This product is fluid and is produced partially through Georgia State University’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program. The excerpt below displays samples of unedited entries. This project is coordinated by by Mary B. Zeigler, P.hD and Jeanne L. Bohannon, M.Ed.
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draft dictionary excerpt
This blog seeks to record the filial histories of the residents of Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA. Residents of this barrier island, located on the Atlantic coast between Georgia and Florida, represent the linguistic and cultural heritage of their people, the Saltwater Geechees. Descendants of slaves brought to Sapelo Island to work the rice and cotton fields, Geechees can trace a direct lineage to their ancestors through both written and oral histories.
This blog is an on-going research project directed by Dr. Mary B. Zeigler and administered/edited by Jeanne L. Bohannon, M.Ed, both of Georgia State University.