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God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man : a saltwater Geechee talks about life on Sapelo Island / Cornelia Bailey with Christena Bledsoe.

Bailey, Cornelia, (author.). Bledsoe, Christena. (Added Author).

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  • 8 of 8 copies available at SC LENDS. (Show)
  • 5 of 5 copies available at Beaufort County Library System.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Beaufort - Beaufort District Collection SC 305.8961 BAI 2001 (Text) 0530009558442 Beaufort District Collection - Reference Available -
Beaufort - Hilton Head Branch 305.8961 BAI (Text) 0530002766711 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Beaufort - St. Helena Branch 305.8961 BAI (Text) 0530010320469 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Beaufort - St. Helena Branch GG 305.8961 BAI (Text) 0530009576303 Adult Gullah Geeche Collection Available -
Beaufort - St. Helena Branch GG 305.8961 BAI (Text) 0530009577988 Adult Gullah Geeche Collection Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780385493772
  • ISBN: 0385493770
  • ISBN: 9780385493765
  • ISBN: 0385493762
  • Physical Description: x, 334 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First Anchor Books edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, a Division of Random House, Inc., 2001.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originially published by Doubleday in 2000.
Formatted Contents Note:
Dayclean -- A Special Gift -- Paradise to Us -- The Spirit of Grandma Ada -- A Make-Do or Do-Without Family -- Grandma Winnie -- At the Bluff -- The Babydoll -- Around the Fire -- Moving Day -- Ain't Nuttin' Right with Hog Hammock -- The Jack-o'-Lantern -- Make Sump'n of Yourself -- The Old Man -- The Hag That Rides You -- The Bolito Man -- God Resides in the East -- The Dog Finger -- The Buzzard Lope -- In Come Dr. Buzzard -- Life Everlasting -- The Cusp -- Mama Gets Conned -- To Skin a Cat -- God Loves You Best -- One Come, One Go -- Coming Home -- The Eye of the Storm -- She Who Has a Purpose -- I Flew Back -- Watch Night.
Summary, etc.:
Equal parts cultural history and memoir, "God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man" recounts a traditional way of life that is threatened by change, with stories that speak to our deepest notions of family, community, and a connection to one's homeland. Cornelia Walker Bailey models herself after the African griot, the tribal storytellers who keep the history of their people. Bailey's people are the Geechee, whose cultural identity has been largely preserved due to the relative isolation of Sapelo, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. In this rich account, Bailey captures the experience of growing up in an island community that counted the spirits of its departed among its members, relied on pride and ingenuity in the face of hardship, and taught her firsthand how best to reap the bounty of the marshes, woods and ocean that surrounded her. The power of this memoir to evoke the life of Sapelo Island is remarkable, and the history it preserves is invaluable. Review from Amazon: It has been said that the Africans who were brought to the United States as slaves were completely stripped of their native culture. But pioneering scholars such as anthropologist Melville Herskovits have disproved this in academia, while the literature of Zora Neale Hurston and Ralph Ellison has also debunked this persistent myth. Living proof of that fact is Sapelo Island, a South Sea island off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, where West African traditions persist despite considerable odds. This vivid memoir by Cornelia Walker Bailey, a lecturer and tour guide on Sapelo Island, transports the reader to this enchanted land of miracles and magic. Walker is a self-described "Geechee," a descendant of Islamic African slaves taken from modern-day Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Liberia (she traces her family lineage on the island back to 1803). In "God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man," the author brings alive a land where black people speak an African-based Creole language, believe in "mojo" (the American equivalent of Haitian voodoo), and who work to keep their culture alive. "You can think of the Africans as being victims, and in a sense they were" she writes. "But they were also great survivors. If they survived the Middle Passage, and a lot of people didn't, then they survived everything thrown at them. They were determined people." Thanks in large part to Bailey, this determination lives on. But her book, which recalls life on Sapelo Island from the 1940s and rings with the same ebullient language found in Jean Toomer's Cane, also serves as a warning, noting that outside business interests and the disinterest of the youth threaten the very existence of their ancient ways. "We need to be proud of our ancestors from slavery days and of our old people who went through modern hardships and to learn from them that if you believe in something, strength comes from that." With this book, she hopes to pass some of that strength on. --Eugene Holley Jr.
Subject: Bailey, Cornelia.
African American women > Georgia > Sapelo Island > Biography.
African Americans > Georgia > Sapelo Island > Biography.
African American families > Georgia > Sapelo Island > Biography.
African Americans > Georgia > Sapelo Island > Social life and customs.
Gullahs > Georgia.
Gullah culture > Georgia > Sea Islands.
Sapelo Island (Ga.) > Biography.
Sapelo Island (Ga.) > Social life and customs.
Topic Heading: Gullah-Geechee Collection

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