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Ronald Daise  was born on St. Helena Island, a coastal community in South Carolina that still exhibits Gullah culture. A 1978 graduate of Hampton University, Daise has documented Gullah culture and history with books, recordings, and performances since the 1986 publication of Reminiscences of Sea Island Heritage (Sandlapper Publishing, Inc.) He and his wife Natalie starred in Nick Jr. TVís award-winning childrenís series, "Gullah Gullah Island", along with their children, Sara and Simeon. The show aired from 1994-1999.

Daiseís other books include De Gullah Storybook and Little Muddy Waters, A Gullah Folk Tale (G.O.G. Enterprises) and two Simon & Schuster sticker books, Mr. Bradleyís Day of Surprises and Letís Go to the Gullah Gullah Island Market.

A charter member of The Sea Island Translation Team and Literacy Project, which translated the Bible into Gullah, Daise also is the recipient of The South Carolina Order of the Palmetto and Folk Heritage Awards. He is a board member of the developing International African American Museum of Charleston, SC.


Learn more about Daise at www.rondaise.com

View Gullah Geechee -- the me I tried to flee: Ron Daise at TEDxCharleston


ETV Broadcasts "Bin Yah" on Southern Lens (binyahfilm.org)

.*Bin Yah: There's No Place like Home by ChasDoc Film Society

Narrated by Ron Daise

This film explores the potential loss of important African American communities in Mt. Pleasant, SC due to growth and development. Through the testimonies of the residents themselves, the film explores the culture, the history and the importance of land and the concept of home, giving voice to those who seldom have had a chance to be heard. For more information visit the official film website.


Gullah Branches, West African Roots

Written by Ronald Daise,  Foreword by James E. Clyburn


Gullah Branches, West African Roots is a memoir of a Gullah man discovering personal and cultural connections with West Africa through sojourns to Ghana and Sierra Leone. Ronald Daise, a Gullah native of St. Helena Island, SC, utilizes poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, songs, photographs, and his own unique voice to involve readers in a vibrant journey to cultural and historical roots. The book is a sequel to Daiseís Reminiscences of Sea Island Heritage (Sandlapper Publishing, 1986).

More information


ISBN 0-87844-182-4, 13 ISBN 978-087844-182-2

Softcover $29.95


REMINISCENCES OF SEA ISLAND HERITAGE: Legacy of Freedmen on St. Helena Island

by Ronald Daise

An intimate look at Gullah culture and history documents the lifestyles, customs, superstitions and folklore of St. Helena Island, called from the memories of a proud group of Sea Island blacks. The history of these first freedmen and their descendants is a colorful, provocative story, told to a great extent in their own words and illustrated with photographs taken on the island during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The old tales, spirituals and beliefs, many of which will soon be forgotten, as third and fourth generation islanders identify less and less with their heritage, are preserved here by a native islander and presented with a dash of Sea Island flavor.

128 pages. 8 1/4 x 10 1/2. 1986. Black and white photographs.                                     

ISBN 10: 0-87844-149-2/ISBN 13: 978-0-87844-149-5    (Out of print)

Some returned stock/slightly shelf worn available $24.95



To order call Sandlapper Publishing 800-849-7263, Fax 803-534-5223


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