Gullah Research Ms D's Classes

image of painting titled "The Old Plantation" author unknown  SC around 1790

"The Old Plantation," South Carolina, about 1790.
This famous painting shows Gullah slaves dancing and playing musical instruments derived from Africa. Scholars unaware of the Sierra Leone slave trade connection have interpreted the two female figures as performing a "scarf" dance. Sierra Leoneans can easily recognize that they are playing the shegureh, a women's instrument (rattle) characteristic of the Mende and neighboring tribes.

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