The Gullah people are known for preserving more of their African linguistic and cultural heritage than any other African-American community in the United States. A distinguished dialect spoken by most is an English-based Creole language containing many African loanwords and significant influencers from African languages in grammar and sentence structure. Usually referred to as “Sea Island Creole,” the Gullah language is related to Jamaican Creole, Barbadian Dialect, Bahamian Dialect, and very much like the Krio language of Sierra Leone in West Africa.
The popular campfire song “Kumbayah” gets its name from a Gullah phrase. Kumbayah means “come by here” in Gullah. So now next time you sing along at a campfire you’ll know you’re actually speaking and spreading Gullah language and culture.