We Wear the Mask: Unraveled Truths in a Pre-Gullah Community (Geechee Literature Series)
We Wear the Mask, Unraveled Truths in a Pre-Gullah Community, a contemporary fable, involves animals, humans, and spirits whose lives craft a new narrative about racial hatred and intolerance. Set on a Sea Island cotton plantation of St. Helena Island, SC, during the 1800s, the story transcends time with a message that is passed on to all who hear.
While Celia Mudsnake, Sidney Steed, and Juba Bunny Rabbit haunt the dreams of the enslaver families, the enslaved families show resilience when faced with instruments and attitudes of dehumanization and brutality. Old stories are told, but a new narrative emerges. A short read.
We Wear the Mask, Unraveled Truths in a Pre-Gullah Community is book one in the spirited Geechee Literature Series by Ron Daise. Adult and high school readers will explore Gullah Geechee language, customs, beliefs, spirituality, and strengths.
The story is juxtaposed with the timeless lines of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “We Wear the Mask.”