Gullah Geechee Wisdom Cards
Ron and Natalie Daise, preservationists and icons of Gullah Geechee culture and heritage, have started a Kickstarter campaign to produce an innovative and interactive product called Gullah Geechee Wisdom Cards. It is designed to raise awareness and appreciation of the culture they’ve championed for more than 30 years. The campaign begins April 3 and ends at midnight May 2.
The husband-and-wife team served as stars and cultural consultants for the award-winning “Gullah Gullah Island” Nick Jr. TV show of the 1990s. Before and since their TV debut, they’ve created cultural publications, performances, educational presentations, recordings, and art for which they were awarded the SC Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest honor, and the SC Folk Heritage Awards. Gullah Geechee Wisdom Cards reflects their knowledge about and rootedness in Gullah Geechee culture.
Gullah Geechee Wisdom Cards are in the family of Spirit Cards. It offers seven decks of Focus Cards that each conveys a cultural value. Each deck showcases vibrant original art by Natalie. The values are: “Respect, for Elders,” “Tenacity,” “Creativity,” “Heritage,” “Spirituality,” “Family & Community,” and “Self-sufficiency.” Each deck, in turn, features seven cards that relay seven Guiding Principles. Understanding of the Guiding Principles is gained through reading accompanying “Guidebook.” Written by Ron Daise, it includes Gullah writings (with English translation), historical narratives, poetry, lyrics of old spirituals, proverbs, and questions to encourage visualization and empowerment.
Used individually or in a group, those who wish to gain wisdom may pick a card after selecting a deck and then respond intuitively to what information is presented. Gullah Geechee Wisdom Cards are designed to be helpful to tourists and Gullah Geechee natives and are aligned with the interpretive framework cited in the “Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Management Plan.”
Ron is a Gullah Geechee native of St. Helena Island, SC, and Natalie “came home” to the culture following their marriage. Both served as charter members of the Sea Island Translation Team and Literacy Project, which began translating the Gullah Bible. Ron is Vice President for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC, and is a past chairman of the federal Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. Natalie, a visual artist, storyteller, and creativity coach, is the juried competition winner of the premier Georgetown County Art Walk and a participant in ArtFields 2016 and 2017 in Lake City, SC.
Our Kickstarter campaign for product development at (www.kickstarter.com) begins Tuesday, April 4, and runs through midnight on Tuesday, May 2. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!