HOUSTON - The Children's Museum of Houston revives a piece of American culture through its retelling of the story of the Gullah. The exhibit debuts February 25, 2012 in celebration of Black History Month.
Gullah is a West African culture that survived the hardships of slavery and remained almost unscathed until the 1950's when the Sea Islands were connected to mainstream American through bridges. Now, the Children's Museum of Houston is reviving the arts and practices of the Gullah people in a reinvented, powerful new exhibit, titled Cum Yah Gullah, opening February 25, 2012 through September 8, 2013.
The exhibit aims to preserve and provide cultural understanding of Gullah traditions, explore the geography and ecosystems of the Sea Islands and develop an appreciation for one's own culture and background.
"Gullah culture is an example of how strong commitment to community and family helps people maintain their culture," said CMH exhibit educator, Bunmi Gaidi. "We aim to promote understanding and respect for this unique and diminishing American culture, which is in danger of losing traditions and customers if not preserved."
THE GULLAH MESSAGE
Gullah heritage is distinct and is expressed in this exhibit through the culture’s unique customs, language, storytelling, music and more: Experience Gullah life through the eyes of a child, as Deja walks you through her home on the Sea Islands.
Sway with the rhythms of Gullah life through sounds, crafts and musical traditions and the Gullah influence of rhythm in popular music and spirituals in Praise House.
Enter the recreated, traditional Gullah Home where you’ll be able to engage in the everyday Gullah practices. Discover as characters of Gullah tales come to life and learn how the Gullah folks entertained themselves through lively, storytelling in The Tellin’ Forest.
Head outside the home and experience how the Gullah people survived by gardening, catching shrimp, making nets and growing food in Livin’ off the Land.
Gullah culture has made important contributions to mainstream American culture and by exploring this rich history, you will be inspired to investigate and reflect on your own culture and the culture of others.
The Children’s Museum of Houston is dedicated to transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning with a vision to spark a passion for lifelong learning in all children.
Admission is $9 per person and $8 for seniors 65 years and older and for members of the military. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
Free Family Nights are offered Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. courtesy of the Houston Endowment, the Wortham Foundation, Inc. and the John P. McGovern Foundation.
Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m. The Museum is open at 9 a.m. on the Second Saturday of every month for Museum Members.
For more information, please visit www.cmhouston.org/gullah or call (713) 522-1138 for more information.