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Meet Sallie Ann

I am a sixth generation native of Daufuskie Island.  I love my life on Daufuskie Island. It has always been my home, and it is where I grew up learning the tough love way of life.


The Gullah people were and still are proud people that lives life off the land from their gardens, the woods and the ocean which were skills they learned at a young age and did things they would never forget. Their way of life was simple and sometimes hard, working to meet their day-to-day needs, not their wants. They were taught manners and respect for all, something I am proud to still use to this day.


My childhood gave me treasures of a lifetime, thanks To my ancestors and folks that are gone, but not forgotten. My experience about Daufuskie is a lifetime of knowledge as a native. I have given tours on Daufuskie for many years sharing the history of my family and what life was like then and now.


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I am  the author of Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way: Smokin’ Joe Butter Beans, Ol’ ’Fuskie Fried Crab Rice, Sticky-Bush Blackberry Dumpling, and Other Sea Island Favorites and Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night as well as coauthor of the history book Daufuskie Island.


I am a sixth-generation Gullah born on Daufuskie Island in South Carolina and I have dedicated my life to chronicling and sharing Gullah recipes, dialect, and folklore.


I am fortunate to have been featured in national and international media outlets, including BBC Travel, National Geographic, Southern Living, Bon Appetit, Garden & Gun, and The South Magazine, among other publications. I have also appeared on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and Georgia Public Broadcasting.


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