Althea Sumpter gives talks in a wide variety of settings on the Gullah Geechee culture, the most intact West African group in the United States. She shares stories of growing up Gullah Geechee on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, and describes the way she utilizes digital technology to document her culture.
Documenting the elders of her community and other cultural locations has become her life's calling, following years as an Emmy-nominated media producer and university professor. She is available for public appearances to present her stories about growing up Gullah Geechee.
A Way Home: How to Research a Place of Origin in the Southern United States
. Gullah Geechee Culture
. Ethnography and Digital Research
Althea Sumpter offers her knowledge of content research on non-fiction and fiction story development. Her motto of "before you write, do the research" is the basis for accuracy in storytelling.
Multimedia documentation for cultural preservation is the culmination of Althea Sumpter's many years as a media producer, coupled with her academic research in Africana Studies and Humanities. Cultural preservation is a multifaceted endeavor. It links anthropological and historical connections to the political context of a people or a region. Modern digital technology lends itself to capturing unguarded stories from the elders using minimally intrusive devices, enabling the development of digital materials with far-reaching potential for capturing the stories of a fading generation. Her experience has informed her methods of research.
FINDING A WAY HOME:
Each person in the United States represents an ethnic or cultural community. Learn about your
personal heritage and its contributions to the creation of the American Experiment. Understand the
context of your family's history in the story of the Southern Unites States. To know yourself is to have
an appreciation for the story of your origin. Learn how to research and document your cultural
past along with the techniques necessary to preserve stories and found materials for future generations.
You can become the first step in the continuity of heritage and the creation of a cultural legacy.
HOW TO DOCUMENT FAMILY STORIES
. Capture and memorialize unguarded stories from a fading generation of elders
. Integrate traditional oral history techniques with documentation technology
. Document stories of family origin from small towns and hamlets
. Learn ways to preserve oral histories and found materials for future generations
Cultural preservation links anthropology and history to the political context of a people and to
. Modern digital technology is used to capture stories from the elders using minimally intrusive
enabling the development of digital materials to memorialize their stories.
. Understanding one's personal cultural heritage and its contributions to a larger society forms
point for learning about oneself. Future generations can appreciate the continuity
of heritage and the spirit
of a cultural legacy.
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