The Language You Cry In

The Language You Cry In - ANTH101 Week3 September2009 .It

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ANTH101  Week 3 The Language You Cry In                                                                                               8  September 2009 The Language You Cry In  tells an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for - and finds- meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. It  bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah people of present- day Georgia back to 18th century Sierra Leone. It recounts the even more remarkable  saga of how African Americans have retained links with their African past through the  horrors of the middle passage, slavery and segregation. The film dramatically  demonstrates the contribution of contemporary scholarship to restoring what narrator  Vertamae Grosvenor calls the "non-history" imposed on African Americans: "This is a  story of memory, how the memory of a family was pieced together through a song with  legendary powers to connect those who sang it with their roots."  The story begins in the early 1930s with Lorenzo Turner, an African American linguist  who cataloged more than 3000 names and words of African origin among the Gullah of  coastal Georgia and South Carolina. He discovered that some Gullah could recite texts  in African languages, including almost certainly the longest, a five-line song he learned 
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