Cornelia Walker Bailey Christena Bledsoe
God, Doctor Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island
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God, Doctor Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island Cornelia Walker Bailey Christena Bledsoe So I try to be as much as I can like an African griot The griot kept the oral history of the tribe He was in charge of remembering everything He was a storyteller So writes Cornelia Walker Bailey, a storyteller indeed, in this rich account of the Geechee people of her native Sapelo Island, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia The Saltwater Geechee are a grou So I try to be as much as I can like an African griot The griot kept the oral history of the tribe He was in charge of remembering everything He was a storyteller So writes Cornelia Walker Bailey, a storyteller indeed, in this rich account of the Geechee people of her native Sapelo Island, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia The Saltwater Geechee are a group of African Americans directly descended from enslaved West Africans, whose cultural identity has been largely preserved due to the relative isolation of Sapelo In rhythmic, conversational prose, 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 We learn of Miss Katie Underwood, the island midwife who relies on ancient custom when birthing babies, of Grandma Winnie, whose taste for moonshine and men doesn t get in the way of her earning the love of her steadfast husband, of dream signs, natural portents, and the root magic that certain elders have the power to perform Part cultural history, part memoir, God, Dr Buzzard, and the Bolito Man tells the story of a people whose traditional way of life is threatened by change, and whose stories and customs speak to our deepest notions of family, community, and the connection to one s homeland.. God Doctor Buzzard and the Bolito Man A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island So I try to be as much as I can like an African griot The griot kept the oral history of the tribe He was in charge of remembering everything He was a storyteller So writes Cornelia Walker Bailey a s
  • Title: God, Doctor Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island
  • Author: Cornelia Walker Bailey Christena Bledsoe
  • ISBN: 9780385493765
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • God, Doctor Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island Cornelia Walker Bailey Christena Bledsoe

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    1. Barbara says:

      This was a perfect conclusion to my enjoyable trip to this island I recently returned from a wonderful visit to the Barrier Islands of Georgia This area is composed of eight major islands and island groups, which comprise the 100 miles of coast between Savanna and the St Marys River Of interest, due to a fascinating history of land ownership and actual far sighted conservation laws, Georgia has the least disturbed coast on the eastern seaboard My stay there and some of the tales I heard influenc [...]

    2. Suzanne says:

      This was a very interesting tale about Ms Bailey s life on Sapelo Island and a brief history of the how the Geechee people came to reside on the island in the days of slavery I loved how she also detailed her trip to Sierra Leone and how fascinating it was to discover that many tenants of her culture on Sapelo Island mirrored the culture in Sierra Leone She even marveled over how the landscape was similar in both locations I was happy to see that she succinctly documented how her culture is beco [...]

    3. Jewels says:

      My family and I recently took a weekend trip to Sapelo Island Our initial reason for going was to see the lighthouse, as we re big fans of the old towers Along with the lighthouse, however, we discovered this amazing place with presence and history that I had been completely unaware of On a stop during the tour, I found this book I am SO glad that I did Mrs Bailey describes the culture of the Geechee Gullah people and the folklore that she grew up with She is an amazing storyteller The people on [...]

    4. Cathy says:

      At first I wasn t sure about this book Reading it is like sitting down with Cornelia and listening to her tell a story, which is what she becamea storyteller Once I got into it, I loved hearing the stories and traditions about her life and life on the island, which, like many traditions, make sense in some ways, other ways not I loved her curiosity and keenly felt her feelings about slavery times than many books I ve read By the end of the book, her circle is complete and yet though she s learn [...]

    5. Melinda says:

      Excellent little book about Sapelo written by a woman who knows it well I enjoyed the stories about her family and the folklore, also the history of the saltwater Geechees who were brought to the island as slaves and who, many of them, bought land there after the Civil War Bailey s voice is especially evocative and a treat to read She writes about the industrialist Richard Reynolds and the State of Georgia moving the Geechee people off their land I wonder how many families of the original Geeche [...]

    6. J.D. Horn says:

      An amazing and beautiful book The perfect combination of memoir and folklore When, as a small child, the author died and came back to life, her family predicted that she would do important work on this earth they were right Cornelia Walker Bailey is indeed a special person and gifted storyteller May her efforts to protect the Geechee presence on Sapelo succeed.

    7. Stephen says:

      Cornelia Walker Bailey s storytelling gifts are on full display in God, Dr Buzzard, and the Bolito Man as she presents the history of her people on Sapelo Island in a voice that is always entertaining and often poignant The best moments are in the second half of the book, when she shares stories in which science confronts superstitions and the present confronts traditions This is a memoir of storytelling, with history wrapped in it, and that s what makes it such an interesting read The chapter c [...]

    8. Candelaria Silva says:

      Very moving memoir of life on Sapelo Island Georgia The author s storytelling is superb and you feel bathed in the warmth of the Geeche people who were able to retain lots of their African retentions despite being African captives in the US That way of life has been compromised and the number of Geechee s on the island reduced because of the encroachment of developers from the mainland Ms Bailey s remembrances reminded so much of my late grandmother While Mother was not a Geechee, some of the ho [...]

    9. Laura Israelsen says:

      Preparing to spend a week with the Gullah Geechee people on Sapelo Island in July by reading this wonderful book I found this part of American history fascinating and come away with a better understanding of why the label of African American is so important to descendants of slaves I loved the stories and folklore throughout this book Wonderful read

    10. Randy says:

      Fascinating memoir Sad that Ms Bailey recently passsed away.

    11. Hannah Echols says:

      halfway done

    12. Margi says:

      Thoroughly enjoyable book about Mrs Bailey her family, culture, home and customs Told in a conversational style, this book makes you feel like Cornelia is sitting with you telling her tales There is so much interesting info about the Geechee culture and how those things are one fading away It was also interesting, yet sad to learn how the families on Sapelo Island were driven to other places by unfairness, greed, and other things out of their control Mrs Bailey is keeping her families stories an [...]

    13. Shelley says:

      This memoir, while describing life on a Georgian island, resonated with me even keenly because of the simple connections and similarities between their post slavery culture and ours in Trinidad The author refers to their equivalent to our sugar cake, belly bands , burying the navel string, Anancy, soucouyant, sweet soap, the game of whey whey, obeah man, frizzle fowl, among others Thoroughly readable, memorable and important, this work also lauds the preservation of cultural identity in the fac [...]

    14. Dana says:

      This is a wonderful book that shares the personal story of Ms Bailey growing up on Sapelo Island It also shares many details of the culture and folk tales of the Geechee people Ms Bailey still lives on Sapelo You may visit her inn on the island as she is an advocate and historian for the 67 residents who still can trace their roots back to the days of slavery on Sapelo If you are interested in the sea islands, read this book and visit Sapelo.

    15. Carol says:

      This book will likely resonate most to those who have experienced Sapelo Island and the surrounding area and we have been fortunate enough to do so Suspect that those who don t know the area may not get it and some of the earlier chapters were a bit slow, but I couldn t put it down at the end as it all came together in modern times Knowing how active the author is in preserving the life of her community on Sapelo, it is a wonderful and loving tribute.

    16. Becqui says:

      Amazing bio, Cornelia made it feel like I was there with her growing up I cried, I laughed, and I was a little creeped out by some of the superstitions Now I m looking all around for big black birds and big black dogs It is disheartening and disturbing to know how her people were slowly driven off of their island.

    17. Liz says:

      I read this book while staying on Sapelo Island I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Winnie Walker herself one morning The village of Hog Hammock is friendly but not overly welcoming, just as the book says I highly recommend reading this book before visiting the unique island.

    18. Jessaka says:

      Set in St Helena, S.C Folk tales and black magic I found the book to be too boring but the author is an excellent writer, just that folk tales have always bored me So a 4 star from content and writing, 3 stars due to my own lack of interest.

    19. planetkimi says:

      Not as much information about herbalism as I had hoped to find, but a great read nonetheless Ms Bailey has a lot of amazing stories to tell

    20. MelanieHilliard says:

      Engaging stories from an American culture that most have never heard of inspires me to be aware of the stories that my grandparents family have told.

    21. Robyn says:

      Excellent book that anyone interested in the history of enslaved Africans should read Very engaging tale of life on Sapelo Island and the rich culture of the Geechee and Gullah ways of life.

    22. Victoria says:

      Very enjoyable because I ve spent several summers on Sapelo and this is a different memory and a different impression of that landscape than I had as a researcher.

    23. Sandy says:

      I really enjoyed this book but some of the stories and chapters where boring and too much But I loved learning about this island and I loved the superstitions that they had and the folklore.

    24. Michael says:

      Fascinating and educating read on the place and people of Sapelo Island Recommended reading for anybody familiar with the island or Geechee people.

    25. Sleepless G says:

      Simply fascinating I have visited 2 of these IslandsI would like to put the rest on my Bucket List.

    26. Laura says:

      Interesting and dynamic story of the Sapelo island Gullah Well written and full of lore.

    27. Vivian says:

      Very good read.

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