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was born and raised in the
South Carolina Lowcountry. He
graduated from the University of South
Carolina and earned an MFA at the Iowa
farmed, taught school, and wrote award
winning features for Minnesota and North
Dakota newspapers. His first
successful book was Blue Roots,
a history of South Carolina voodoo.
Pinckney published The Right Side
of the River, Signs and Wonders, and Seventh Son on Sacred
Ground, all collections
of essays with a strong regional
connection. His novel,
Little Glory, has been purchased
by a Hollywood independent film maker.
He is a two-time winner of the SC
Fiction Project and the Orion Writer's
Circle Award. He lives on Daufuskie
Island, one of the last free and
wild barrier islands, where he writes
and works diligently to preserve the land
and the culture.
African American Folk
Magic of the Gullah
Raised in the heart of Gullah
country, author Roger Pinckney provides an inside look at the history,
practices and people of Gullah
country, off the coast of South
Carolina. On the plantations of the American South, slaves passed their
African roots to their descendents in a rich and lasting oral tradition, a
tradition that survives today. Prominent among Gullah culture was the
belief in herbalism, spiritualism, and black magic. The Gullah called this
belief "the root.
148 pages. 6 x 9. 2003. ISBN 13: 978-087844-168-6;
,ISBN 10: 0-87844-168-9,
infamous root doctor, Dr. Buzzard, could administer a root
to bring money, find love, or cure ailments
and J.E. McTeer, former High
Sheriff, businessman and root doctor considered himself the
"poor man's psychiatrist". This book is an important
reference to a vanishing culture.
The Gullah and Geechee, who were traditionally
without political or economic power, practice a mystical art which descended
direct from Africa. It is known as "hoodoo" or "rootwork".
SEVENTH SON ON SACRED GROUND:
The Lowcountry in Heart and Blood
Nobody knows the South Carolina Lowcountry like Roger Pinckney. Soldiers,
preachers, statesmen, outlaws and lawmen, his family has been here for seven
generations. That makes him the Seventh Son, reputed to have magical power.
Maybe so. There is magic in these pages, tales of wars, hurricanes, slavery and
freedom, and his family’s role in all of it. There is thunder and lightning,
too, and very few lightning bugs. Seventh Son on Sacred Ground is part history,
part memoir, all cultural celebration of this special place.
157 pages. 5 1/4 x 7 1/2. 2006.
ISBN 13: 978-0-9778595-0-4; ISBN 10: 0-9778595-0-9,
These tales are filled
with wonder, rage and romance of a man on a personal mission
to save an island and its people.
THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RIVER
by Roger Pinckney
Now in softcover
A collection of essays that captures the
cadence of life
on the once pristine Daufuskie Island that
is still home to the Gullah people, descendents of former slaves.
Islanders refer to the rest of North America as "The Other Side" and don't
especially like to go there.
This rollicking chronicle portrays a distinct culture shaped by the physical
geography of place, the historic environment of the antebellum South, and the
encroachment of modern golf resorts.
Tender, bawdy, sacred, and profane, this
poignant rendering of this unique island includes tales of voodooists,
smugglers, poets, shrimpers, and Fortune 500 executives. 124 pages (2002)
Softcover 0-87844-195-6, $16.95
SIGNS AND WONDERS by Roger Pinckney
Chronicles a rural community life that is threatened by
modern-day intrusions and resort developments. The stories are filled with the
sweet smells of the sea and the salt marsh, and with the sights of sunset skies
and wide open spaces. Peopled with hunters and fishermen, family and friends,
and fellow islanders with their own stories to tell, this book is a poignant
rendering of the emotional, social, and physical geography of a very special
place and the struggle to preserve it.
104 pages (April 1, 2004), ISBN: 0-94171-172-2, Hardcover: $19.95
LITTLE GLORY by Roger Pinckney
The high-spirited, often humorous adventures of a boy growing up
in World War II-era rural South Carolina are at the heart of this remarkable
novel.. An array of fascinating characters whose dialogue is deeply influenced
by the black Gullah culture of the Carolinas are introduced. They share modest
lives and uncommon bonds amidst the great physical beauty of the Lowcountry.