Mama Doonk Gullah




  • Folklife/Traditional Arts

Geographical Availability

  • Upstate
  • Midlands
  • PeeDee
  • Low Country


Theresa is an Author, an Artist-in-Resident, a Gullah storyteller, a certified Tour Guide, a Lecturer, and local Historian. She is also a Docent at the Old Slave Mart Museum. She is fluent in the Gullah language and grew up on Edisto Island with her grandmother whose only language was Gullah. Theresa speaks in the Gullah language and explains how it began and shares all about the food, the stories, the medicines, their spiritualities, songs, and the customs. She incorporates, for students, a show and tell segment centered around items she grew up with before modern conveniences of today. She has spoken at museums, Schools, Festivals, private functions and many other venues. She was featured in National Geographic Video Magazine and the Charleston Magazine. She is available for your presentations at assemblies, workshops, residences, and many other functions for Black History Month and any other occasions. She is the author of Mama Doonk’s Gullah Recipes, a cookbook featuring Gullah foods.