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Card project looks to expand knowledge of Gullah Geechee culture

Source: Ron and Natalie Daise Source: Ron and Natalie Daise

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - There's a new project in the works to help people understand more about a culture and heritage that is often overlooked, but very important to American history.

A Georgetown County couple created a Kickstarter project fundraiser to develop Gullah Geechee Wisdom Cards. 

For more than 30 years Ron and Natalie Daise have studied and shared their knowledge about the Gullah Geechee culture and heritage. 

The couple is probably best remembered from the popular children's television series called 'Gullah Gullah Island', which was produced and aired on the Nickelodeon network in the mid to late 1990s. 

The couple said they were brainstorming what can be done and how to bring about an interest about the Gullah Geechee culture that would be of interest to tourists, natives of the Gullah Geechee community, and residents who just want to know more about the heritage. Eventually, they came up with the wisdom cards. 

"They kind of work like spirit cards," Ron Daise said. "It was done to raise awareness of an appreciation of Gullah Geechee culture and heritage. It shows cultural connectivity."

In April, they launched their project fundraiser on the popular crowd funding site, Kickstarter.com, to raise money to print 350 to 500 Gullah Geechee Wisdom Cards

The wisdom cards are seven decks that focus on seven guiding principles.  

"We developed seven tenants, seven values that are significant, like respect for elders, spirituality, creativity, family and community," Ron Daise said. "Our cards are about empowerment; how would they utilize this particular value in their own lives or within their own family?" 

The wisdom cards also offer information and provide guided visualizations through different activities and questions. 

"Anyone can pull a card," Ron Daise said. "They may choose to pull a deck for the day and just go through those cards with the seven guiding principles, and they can also pull one card and make that their focus for the day."

The beautiful and vibrant art featured on the wisdom cards is inspired by Natalie Daise, who is also a talented visual artist. 

"My wife is a talented artist, and the art is just to show Gullah Geechee culture heritage is a living dynamic and not from some 200 to 300 years ago," Ron Daise 

Ron Daise also serves as vice president of creative education at Brookgreen Gardens, where he also teaches and hosts several exhibits about Gullah Geechee culture. He said from some of the values listed on the wisdom cards, he has developed programs that will presented at Brookgreen Gardens on Wednesdays throughout the month of May.

Daise said the project has raised just over half of its more than $8,000 goal. He added the money raised on the Kickstarter website will not be released until the entire goal is reached.

The cards will first be made available to those who pledge to the fundraiser. Daise said there are different pledge amounts, and different rewards are offered when a donation is made. The project campaign ends May 2 at 12:00 a.m. 

To make a pledge for the Gullah Geechee Wisdom Cards, click here.

Daise says the wisdom cards are a more integrated way to learn about culture that still exists. 

"This is a living culture, it's a living heritage," he said. "It was very important to the fabric of what is known as American culture and heritage, and more people should know about it."

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