Sweetgrass baskets local culture
The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Show provides a superb choice to exploit tasty food and entertainment and a vast variety of the Charleston areas signature memento, all the while enjoying coastal Carolinas near-perfect late-spring weather. But the event, held every year in Mount Pleasant, SC, also can be a learning opportunity, your choice to delve into the history of a people and passion they have practiced for over three centuries on 2 continents.
Gullah-Geechee sweetgrass baskets
The holiday functions as a location to teach neighbors as well as tourists about the heritage of the Gullah- Geechee people, their culture and traditions, according to Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Holiday Project Director Thomasena Stokes-Marshall. We also have entertainment, gospel songs, folklore. arts and crafts, Also naturally, the biggest display of sweetgrass baskets in the south. Charleston real estate has always benefited from the local draw that come into the region.
Bin Yah and sweetgrass baskets
For people that tire of eating, playing games, listening to music and taking a look at baskets, the holiday offers another fascinating option. 2 films will be shown: Grass Roots: The Enduring Art of the Lowcountry Basket, and Bin Yah: There is No Place like living at Home. Grass Roots follows Mount Pleasant sweetgrass basket professionals as they crop sweetgrass, weave their baskets and talk about the meaning of their work.
Bin Yah is a documentary film that considers how the population and development have threatened important African-American communities in Mount Pleasant. In the words of local African-American residents, the film explores the culture, the history, the significance of land and the concept of home, giving a voice to people who seldom have an opportunity to be heard.
The show is lined up from midday to 8 p.m. Saturday, but the festivities actually get underway Fri. at 6 p.m. In the Cooper Stream Room at the Visitors Center. The Genuine Taste of Gullah Cuisine, in its 2d year, will incorporate the creative lore of some of the areas top cooks, including Kevin Mitchell, an educational instructor at the the culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Tech. The activities in the evening include a unusual fashion show featuring table vases, hats, and evening purses made of sweetgrass. Musical entertainment will be supplied by vocalist Zandrina Dunning, violinist Daniel D, Devon Gary on the saxophone and poet Samara Simmons. To end the evening, world-renowned artist Jonathan Green, whose studio is on Daniel Island in nearby Berkeley County, will address the people on Gullah refinement.
A vital part of that account has to do with sweetgrass baskets.Through oral history, the strategy can be traced from West Africa to the plantations in the South to present day South Carolina. Though baskets were made to store food during and following the age of slavery, they could not be sold for profit until well into the 20th century. As the tale goes, according to an article written by J.V. Coakley, Ida Jefferson setup the firstly sweetgrass baskets hut on Highway 17 in the 1930s after losing her job as a day hard worker. The route had been finished recently and travellers had started to use it to go from the North. Her speedy success positioned other competition from other basket makers. Today, many Gullah ladies offer the sweetgrass baskets product along the stretch of Route 17 that runs thru Mount Pleasant.