Shadows of the Gullah Geechee (Limited Edition Book)
Hardcover: XXX Pages
Publisher: American-Journal Publishing
Dimensions: 12.25 x 7.50
LIMITED EDITION OF 125
EDITIONS 1-25 -> ALLOCATED
EDITIONS 26-75 -> $100.00
EDITIONS 76-100 -> $125.00
EDITIONS 101-125 -> $150.00
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This book is still in production and will be available in January 2015.
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Shadows of the Gullah Geechee is the culmination of a long-term personal project aimed at documenting the current state of the Gullah Geechee culture on the Sea Islands of the United States. The project was partially funded through Kickstarter.
This limited edition hardcover features over 100 photos from the project as well as essays detailing the history and challenges of the culture. Only 125 copies of this book will exist in hardcover. They are signed and numbered by Pete Marovich.
Many of the images in the book are available as limited edition prints:
The Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia are home to a culture that is being consumed by golf courses, resorts and million-dollar homes. That culture is known as Gullah in South Carolina and Geechee in Georgia.
The Gullah Geechee are direct descendents of enslaved Africans who were brought to America from West Africa. After arriving in America, the Gullah Geechee created their own communities steeped in religion and African traditions.
When slavery was abolished in 1863, the Gullah Geechee remained on the islands after slave owners abandoned the land, and continued their traditions, which include making seagrass baskets, burying their dead by the seashore, farming and living life simply. Today, the Gullah Geechee community is believed to be one of the most authentic African American communities in existence in the United States.
But development is taking over these once isolated lands and consuming their way of life.
To witness this destruction, one needn’t look further than the Gullah Geechee cemeteries, many of which have been taken over by privately owned gated communities and resorts known as plantations. Gullah Geechee who do not work for the plantations must request permission to visit the cemeteries.
The Gullah who live on islands such as Hilton Head, Daufuskie, St. Helena and Sapelo have taken dozens of hits, and now their culture is in now danger of becoming extinct.
The Geechee of Sapelo Island, Ga., are the latest to fall victim to encroaching development. Also descendants of slaves, the Geechee have for years been the only private landowners on Sapelo, while the State of Georgia, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Georgia Marine Institute owned remainder of the island.
However, investors have begun to slowly and quietly purchase land on the island, causing taxes to increase sharply and leaving many Geechee distraught as they struggle to preserve their way of life.
For instance, one 73-year-old resident paid $362 in property taxes in 2011 for her three-room home and acre of land. In 2013, her taxes increased to $2,312, according to The New York Times.
In 2004, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Gullah Geechee Coast one of the 11 most endangered placed in the United States.
The Gullah Geechee Coast extends for hundreds of miles between Cape Fear, N.C., and the St. Johns River in Florida.
“Unless something is done to halt the destruction, [the] Gullah Geechee culture will be relegated to museums and history books, and our nation’s unique cultural mosaic will lose one of its richest and most colorful pieces,” states the National Trust Website.