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Gullah Folktales from the Georgia Coast
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In 1888, Charles Colcock Jones Jr. published the first collection of folk narratives from the Gullah-speaking people of the South Atlantic coast, tales he heard black servants exchange on his family's rice and cotton plantation. It has been out of print and largely unavailable until now.

Jones saw the stories as a coastal variation of Joel Chandler Harris's inland dialect tales and sought to preserve their unique language and character. Through Jones' rendering of the sound and syntax of nineteenth-century Gullah, the lively stories describe the adventures and mishaps of such characters as "Buh Rabbit," "Buh Ban-Yad Rooster," and other animals. The tales range from the humorous to the instructional and include stories of the "sperits," Daddy Jupiter's "vision," a dying bullfrog's last wish, and others about how "buh rabbit gained sense" and "why the turkey buzzard won't eat crabs."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Note
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xxxv
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  1. I. How Come Buh Alligatur Nebber Sleep Fur From de Ribber Bank
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. II. Buh Turkey Buzzud an de Rain
  2. p. 4
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  1. III. How Buh Cooter Fool Buh Deer
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. IV. Buh Wolf, Buh Rabbit, an de Tar Baby
  2. pp. 7-11
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  1. V. Buh Fowl-Hawk an Buh Rooster
  2. pp. 12-14
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  1. VI. Buh Tukrey Buzzud an de King Crab
  2. pp. 15-17
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  1. VII. De King, eh Darter, Buh Wolf, an Buh Rabbit
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. VIII. Buh Pattridge an Buh Rabbit
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. IX. De Ole Man an de Gallinipper
  2. p. 22
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  1. X. Buh Sparruh
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. XI. Buh Alligatur an Buh Mash-Hen
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. XII. Buh Fowl-Hawk an Buh Tukrey Buzzud
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. XIII. Buh Wolf an Buh Rabbit
  2. pp. 29-33
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  1. XIV. Buh Wolf an de Two Dinner
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. XV. Buh Owl an Buh Rooster
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. XVI. Buh Lion an Buh Goat
  2. p. 38
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  1. XVII. Buh Bear an Buh Tiger
  2. pp. 39-41
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  1. XVIII. Buh Monkey an de Bull-Dog
  2. pp. 42-44
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  1. XIX. Buh Elephant an Buh Rooster
  2. p. 45
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  1. XX. De Po Man an de Snake
  2. pp. 46-50
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  1. XXI. Leely Gal, Buh Alligatur, an de Jay-Bud
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. XXII. De Cat, De Rat, De Cheese, an de Fox
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. XXIII. Buh Rabbit an de Tarruh Beastises
  2. pp. 55-58
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  1. XXIV. Buh Wolf, Buh Rabbit, an de Butter
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. XXV. De Eagle an eh Chillun
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. XXVI. Chanticleer an de Ban-Yad Rooster
  2. pp. 65-67
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  1. XXVII. Buh Rabbit an de Groun-Mole
  2. pp. 68-70
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  1. XXVIII. Buh Rabbit an de Rock-Soup
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. XXIX. De Two Fren an de Bear
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. XXX. De Ole Man an Det
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. XXXI. De King an eh Ring
  2. pp. 77-81
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  1. XXXII. Buh Lion, Buh Rabbit, Buh Fox, an Buh Roccoon
  2. pp. 82-87
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  1. XXXIII. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, an de Porpus
  2. pp. 88-91
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  1. XXXIV. De Debble an May Belle
  2. pp. 92-98
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  1. XXXV. De Ole Man an de Coon
  2. pp. 99-100
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  1. XXXVI. Buh Rabbit an de Crawfish
  2. p. 101
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  1. XXXVII. Buh Rabbit an Buh Elephunt
  2. pp. 102-104
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  1. XXXVIII. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, an Buh Possum
  2. pp. 105-107
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  1. XXXIX. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, an de Holler Tree
  2. pp. 108-110
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  1. XL. Buh Rabbit an de Cunjur Man
  2. pp. 111-113
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  1. XLI. Buh Rabbit, Buh Fox, an de Fisherman
  2. pp. 114-117
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  1. XLII. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, an de Yearlin
  2. pp. 118-119
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  1. XLIII. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, de Dog, an de Goose
  2. pp. 120-121
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  1. XLIV. Buh Squirle an Buh Fox
  2. pp. 122-123
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  1. XLV. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, an de Buckra Man
  2. pp. 124-126
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  1. XLVI. Buh Rabbit an Buh Wolf Funeral
  2. pp. 127-129
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  1. XLVII. De New Nigger an eh Mossa
  2. pp. 130-131
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  1. XLVIII. Buh Rabbit an de King Darter
  2. pp. 132-133
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  1. XLIX. De Single Ball
  2. pp. 134-135
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  1. L. Buh Roccoon an Buh Possum
  2. p. 136
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  1. LI. Buh Wolf, Buh Rabbit, an de Rain
  2. pp. 137-139
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  1. LII. Buh Alligatuh, Buh Rabbit, an Buh Wolf
  2. pp. 140-143
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  1. LIII. De Dyin Bull-Frog
  2. p. 144
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  1. LIV. Buh Rabbit, Buh Pattridge, an de Cow
  2. pp. 145-146
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  1. LV. De Fiddler, Buh Tiger, an Buh Bear
  2. pp. 147-148
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  1. LVI. De Ole King an de Noung King
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. LVII. Buh Goat an Buh Wolf
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. LVIII. Dentistry at the Old Plantation Home
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. LIX. The Negro and the Alligator
  2. pp. 161-168
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  1. LX. Sperits
  2. pp. 169-176
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  1. LXI. Daddy Jupiter's Vision / Glossary
  2. pp. 177-231
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