Learn and Gain Inspiration about Gullah Geechee Culture and Heritage
with Help from the Stars and Cultural Consultants
of Nick Jr. TV’s “Gullah Gullah Island”
RON AND NATALIE DAISE are writers, actors, educators, and internationally-renowned TV performers. They have presented storytelling, music, history, and lectures about Gullah heritage, faith, and creativity at museums, theaters, conferences and educational institutions across the country. From 1994-1998, the husband-and-wife team starred in Nick Jr. TV’s award-winning “Gullah Gullah Island,” for which they also served as cultural consultants. The show was cited by TV Guide as one of the “10 best children’s shows” in 1996. They were nominees for two NAACP IMAGE Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award and served as charter members of the Sea Island Translation Team and Literacy Project, which began the work of the Gullah Bible. RON AND NATALIE are recipients of the 1996 South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest honor, and the 1997 State of South Carolina Folk Heritage Award, given for lifetime achievement and excellence in folk art that has enriched the lives of the people in their community and state.
RON, Vice President for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC, presents a weekly Gullah Geechee Program Series and supervises the Creative Education Department. He is a past chairman of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. Gullah Branches, West African Roots (Sandlapper Publishing, 2007) and “Gullah Tings fa Tink Bout” are his most recent publication and recording. His first book, Reminiscenses of a Sea Island Heritage (1986), was the catalyst for the cultural and historic programs he and his wife have developed and presented
Photo by Randall Hall
A storyteller, workshop facilitator, and visual artist, NATALIE also has been a featured Design Expert on HGTV’s “Country Living” show. She crafts commissioned Story Chairs, art, and furniture. Her art has been exhibited at Art Fields, Lake City, SC; North Charleston City Gallery; the Rice Museum, Georgetown, SC, the African American Civil War Museum, Washington DC, and other venues.
Photo by Kim Alston-Craven