Bob Hohman, director of USCB-Hilton Head
Dr. Robert J. Hohman was instrumental in the completion of our two-year pilot study on Gullah culture. Dr. Hohman has provided in-kind services, encouragement, and enthusiastic support throughout the project.
Under Bob's leadership the University of South Carolina Beaufort at Hilton Head (USCB-HH) is experiencing tremendous growth and prosperity.
Bob Hohman, you are a down right natural at people management.
Keep up the great work!
Special Thanks To:
Dr. Robert Hohman provided office space, phones, copier, support and guidance.
Dr. Ron Harshbarger provided transportation and friendship.
Dr. Charles Calvert provided help with housing.
Dr. Lynn Mulkey provided teaching support.
We could not have completed this project without the collaborative support from the University of South Carolina Beaufort at Hilton Head.
Thanks to Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, for your patience, guidance and support. All Hail the Queen!
To all of you who continue to follow our work with enthusiasm, encouragement and support - thanks so much!
Charles Jarrett (L) David Lucas (R)
Special thanks to Patricia Jarrett.
Vera Manigault lectures on the craft of making sweet grass baskets to students taking Dr. Jarrett's Minority Group Relations class on June 18, 2002.
Gullah sweetgrass baskets are internationally known for their quality and unique artistry.
Dr. Jarrett's students visit the "Chapel of Ease" on St. Helena Island during an "interactive field trip" on June 19, 2002.
In the background, The "Chapel of Ease" on St. Helena Island. USCB-HH students interacted with members of the Gullah community living on St. Helena Island, South Carolina as partial fulfillment of SOCY Y 355 Minority Group Relations.
Enjoying a traditional Gullah lunch on St. Helena Island June 19, 2002.
Queen Quet shares a moment with Stephanie Denny after a lecture on Gullah culture at the Coastal Discovery Museum
SOCY Y 355 students attended an interactive lecture series on Gullah culture and language at the Coastal Discovery Museum 6-8-02
Nellie Holmes with Patricia Jarrett. Nellie and Pat share a natural ability to provide care for others.
Queen Quet visits with the oldest living resident of St. Helena Island, Mr. Samuel R. Brown, Sr.
Patricia Jarrett was a tremendous asset in the field. "Everyone loves Pat. She's always willing to lend a helping hand or provide encouragement during the tiring process of field research."
Dr. Charles W. Jarrett invited Marquetta L. Goodwine (Queen Quet) to meet with students from the University of South Carolina Beaufort at Hilton Head each week during the month of June, 2002. Dr. Jarrett's students engaged in an "interactive study" of Gullah culture and language as partial fulfillment of course requirements in his Sociology 355 class, a course entitled Minority Group Relations. Queen Quet visited the University of South Carolina Beaufort at Hilton Head campus providing lectures and engaging in informative dialogue. Dr. Jarrett scheduled a series of off-campus tours of traditional Gullah sites and invited students to attend a series of socio-historical presentations at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. Dr. Jarrett uses "interactive field assignments" to allow students the opportunity to dialogue with members of the Gullah cultural community residing on Hilton Head Island and St. Helena Island, South Carolina.
Dr. Jarrett's class was offered many opportunities for dialogue and questions about Gullah culture and language. Question and answer exchanges were informative, fun, and challenging for students interested in establishing their own unique topics of field research. Students were provided an opportunity to pick and choose various topics of study with one requirement, students were required to interact with members of the Gullah community living in the neighboring Sea Islands of South Carolina. The students exhibited energy and enthusiasm for the class project, for an interactive study of this nature meant extra time in the field and plenty of work on weekends.
Dr. Jarrett instructed the students in the use of "Folknography," a new and innovative methodology designed for gaining a better 'empathetic understanding' of the community under investigation. Dr. Jarrett provided students an opportunity to learn qualitative research methods during a practical and informative series of field exercises in the Sea Islands of South Carolina.
Dr. Jarrett's students have completed written reactions as partial fulfillment of course requirements and have given their permission to place comments on display with this official web site. USCB-HH student pictures and comments are provided below:
Read the Article "Hilton Head Students Impress Visiting Professor" by Bob Hohman. Bob Hohman's article was published in the August Edition of "Hilton Head Monthly". Dr. Hohman graciously allowed USCB-HH students to participate in the "interactive field series" as partial fulfillment of their course assignments in SOCY Y 355 (Minority Group Relations) under the direction of visiting professor Dr. Charles Jarrett of Ohio University.
THANK YOU so much Dr. Hohman for understanding the value of student engagement.
" I was born and raised in northern Beaufort County and our public schools are around 60% Black, so the Gullah influence remains strong. Since I was a young child, the Gullah language was frowned upon. Children and adults alike were encouraged to speak proper English as the only way to advance in life. Gullah was a language they were not supposed to speak because it was considered backwards."
" In this course, I have learned that Gullah is an African based language and culture of great integrity. I did not realize the African influences on Gullah language and culture until I watched the video "Family Across the Sea" at the Penn Center as part of my research project. It was interesting to learn Gullah language is an oral tradition, a way of passing along history and culture to younger generations. Gullah language must be preserved so the past cultural heritage of Gullah/Geechee people will be preserved."
" I give special thanks to Mrs. Julia Grant Thomas, Mrs. Phoebe Wiley Driessen, Mrs. Johnnie Patterson Mitchell, and the Fev. Issac W. Wilborn for taking the time to talk with me during my 'interactive study' of Gullah culture. As a student of psychology, I wish to spend my remaining days assisting the youth of this community cope with the many changes occurring in the Sea Islands. There have been many changes over the years, but there are many in the Gullah community who hold the values and ideals of their ancestors. The greatest value is their great and abiding love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Gullahs are very spiritual people and their continuous faith, love, and hope speaks for itself."
"The Gullah way of life is exemplified through their art. Gullahs do not create art - for arts sake. Rather, they blend the skill, craftsmanship, and traditional methodologies preserved from past generations of artists. The famous 'sweetgrass baskets' vary in style because individual basket makers have their unique hand sewing methods passed down from generation to generation. Basket making has a spiritual sense to it, like most of the elements of Gullah culture. The sewing method is the same method used by their African ancestors, only the tools of the craft have changed with time. I was intrigued to learn only a few of the basket makers gather their own supplies, as most are now supplied with the natural materials through harvested crops."
"I had the pleasure to interview Marquetta L. Goodwine, Queen Quet, in my quest to learn more about the Gullah/Geechee spiritual and religious foundations. I had noticed Queen Quet begins her presentations with song and spiritual reflections. Queen Quet informed me that most of her songs have a spiritual meaning, and the way in which the songs are sung has meaning as well. Queen Quet informed me that many of her songs were sung by her ancestors, and they were often used to convey messages in code. Queen Quet stressed the fact that Gullah people place great emphasis on how they carry themselves daily - your will, your way, and the balance of your environment are all very important to Gullah/Geechee people."
"I am extremely interested in Gullah cuisine. Traditional Gullah diets relied on fish, rice, and vegetables grown from Gullah gardens. Fruits often consumed were apples, cantaloupe, watermelon, pears, blackberries, peaches, and plums. Gullah cuisine includes some unique food sources - like turtle eggs - considered a delicacy very rich in protein. Perhaps, a sign of the times, it is now illegal to consume turtle eggs."