A Geechee Homecoming is an historical fiction set in 1858 on Bonita Island Plantation. It is the story of Etta. She and her mother are house servants to the Wilsons, master and mistress of the planation. Oddly, Etta has been allowed to go to the mainland to help her grandmother, a freed slave. She is called back to the island when her mother is sent away from the Main House in disgrace. They must adapt to the life of farmhands among their Geechee family and friends. Etta grows in appreciation for her history and culture. She finds her place as she learns about conjuring, medicinal plants, the ring shout and her own ancestry. Soon however, the smart, headstrong Etta must face the reality that powerful people plan to exploit her. With the help of her family, friends and the spirit of her half Indian grandfather, Etta battles forces that want to destroy her. This authentic adventure pulls back the curtain on issues as fresh as today's headlines and as predictable as the outcome when one group of people has far too much power over ather. This book is written in a light representation of the Geechee/Gullah language. Most readers have little difficulty reading, understanding and enjoying this work.
Philip Wright has a distinguished career as an educator and psychologist. He was instrumental in the creation of one of the first treatment programs in the US for child sexual assault. Namesake of the Philip Wright Award, he was a pioneer in the education of children with severe disabilities in inclusive settings. Cornelia Walker Bailey, consultant to the project, is an acclaimed educator, historian, community leader and author. Her book, God, Dr. Buzzard and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks About Life on Sapelo Island Georgia is considered a standard in cultural memoir. Cornelia lives in Hogg Hummock on Sapelo Island, Georgia. She is the great, great, great granddaughter of Bilali, legendary figure in Geechee/Gullah history.
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