Hey there!

NatalieDaise

I’m so happy to be able to share my love for stories, community, and effective communication with you. Stories connect us in the most visceral way.  History comes alive through stories. When we share our stories and listen to others share theirs we come to understand each other in deeper ways.  Stories entertain and celebrate and educate. Stories build bridges, open windows and open doors.  I love stories!

On this site you’ll learn about my work passion. I share stories with children and adults. I work with elementary schools and universities. I visit museums and perform in theaters. And I present workshops and storytelling with groups from educators, to women’s groups, to history and culture centers. I also use paint and paper to tell stories, so you’ll see some of my visual art as well.

Thank you for your interest in my work. And if you have any questions or would like to bring me and my work to your community, just drop me a line! I am always grateful for the opportunity to do what I love.

37 thoughts on “Hey there!

  1. Ann Bradford says:

    Hello! My husband was always told he was a Geechee. He was from Lake Providence, LA. In reading Gullah Branches Ronald states that the rice plantations did move west into LA. Any ideas for further research?

    • gullahmama says:

      Hi Ann,
      I will ask Ron to make some suggestions for you. He’s familiar with a lot of the research regarding the West African rice culture in America. Let’s see what he comes up with!

  2. HI!!!!! OMG I remember watching you guys growing up on Gullah Gullah Island. I loved the fact that I could see island life, while never leaving the deep south. I just had to comment and say of course Hi.. Love your website ❤.

    • gullahmama says:

      Thank you Jasmine!I have to admit, I love living in an island community. So glad you were a part of our world.
      Natalie

  3. OMG…grew up watching you on Gullah Gullah Island. I loved seeing the islands even though I lived in the suburban deep south. I loved the show….You are so creative.. I will be sharing this site. Peace & Blessings ✌❤

  4. Rob says:

    Hi Natalie. I just came across your site and I wanted to say thank you so much for everything on Gullah Gullah Island. I grew up watching it and it’s a shame there are not more programs of that educational quality around. I am an elementary school teacher now and unfortunately the shows the kids watch seem to do more harm than good nowadays. But thank you again to you and Ron and I’ll definitely have to pick up some of your and Ron’s writings.
    PS- do you know if they sell the seasons of Gullah Gullah on DVD?

    • gullahmama says:

      Hi, Rob. Sometimes it’s a shock to realize how much time as passed! Thank you for your kind note. About DVD’s — I’ve heard that some may be available on Amazon.com, but I don’t know for sure. Look and see!

  5. christopher smallwood says:

    I remember watching gullah gullah island when I was a kid.I use to love that show as a kid.Its good to know yall doing good

  6. Ashley says:

    Love your site and the passion that is so evidently put into it. As an elementary educator and the mother of a little one, I am so grateful that I can find episodes of Gullah Gullah Island on amazon prime. Wish there were still wholesome educational shows around like yours. I am 25 and remember watching any chance I could growing up. Now my daughter can’t get enough either. Watching you sell dolls at the market now!

    • gullahmama says:

      Thank you for your note. I get such a kick out of hearing of a new generation of watchers! I’m still creating and crafting things. Doing a lot more painting as well. Time moves on but we remain our essential selves. Please hug your little one for me — my little one (Simeon) turned 21 this year! I still hug him when I get the chance. :)

  7. Leah says:

    Hi! I’m currently watching your show on Amazon prime with my 2 yr old! He’s dancing like crazy! I used to watch when I was little and I’m now 26! I miss this show!

  8. I grew up watching Gullah Gullah Island and I still find myself humming the theme song! My future kids will grow up on it too! Thank you guys for making my childhood so awesome!! Lets all go to Gullah Gullah island!! :)

    • gullahmama says:

      The songs stick with you! Every time I get in the car for a trip I find myself singing, “and it’s one, two, three we’re on our way!”

  9. Julia says:

    Hello Natalie and Ron,

    Wow!!! I am so happy to see you guys still pushing forward and being out there with such creativity. Gullah Gullah Island had such a positive message and a burst of creativity that I was raised to keep close to my heart because of that adventurous show. I am so over-joyed to see that you remained that fire to burn. I was now 24 years old since last month in December and I grew up with your show and learned to never give up on my dreams. Seeing your show and the talents that you’re continuing to show is very inspirational. I just moved in back with my father whom is a single Parent taking care of my two half baby sisters and when I found out that they never heard of Gullah Gullah Island I felt that that had to change immediately now there are a huge fan of the show and now when the theme song pops in my head I sing it out of nowhere and my sisters come along with me as if we are the pointer sisters. It was because of that show that I discovered my talent of singing and loving music and write song lyrics and poems and well, I want to say thank you and that I am proud of both of you guys. Thanks for the positivity it was and still is hard to find positive in my life somehow alI seem to find it when I watch you guys. I guess you’re never to old to get in touch with the inner child. Sorry for the long message I know you are busy but I just wanted you to know how much of a difference you had made already. Keep going strong God bless!!! P.S. I really love your artwork. I am Puerto Rican, but I appreciate fine art from many different cultures. I am interested to see more of your work. Thank you for your time.

    • gullahmama says:

      Dear Julia,
      This morning was difficult. I wondered if there was anything else I had to offer and, if so, how I would do it. How could I find ways to keep doing what I loved to do? Did what I loved to do even matter? We have days like that sometimes. And then, I checked my email and discovered your lovely note. Thank you so much for YOUR positivity!! You were a blessing to me this morning. And thinking of you and your little sisters bursting into song makes me smile. I still burst into song out of nowhere and so do my children, even though they are now grown!!
      You have reminded me of how important it is to reach out and share good thoughts with others. Yours made my day.
      Wishing you and your family a blessed and music filled New Year.
      Natalie

  10. I’m a grown adult shamelessly watching Gullah Gullah island right now. I also share it with the kids at the daycare where I work. I’m so glad it was finally released on DVD. It was such a great part of my childhood – there’s just something about it that’s just calming and so very happy. I know you’re up to other stuff these days but just wanted to send out a big thanks to you, Ron and the rest of the cast for all the great memories!

    • gullahmama says:

      Thank you for your note. Being a part of Gullah Gullah Island was a special time in our lives and I’m happy that it continues to provide joy — no matter what age you are! So glad the show is on DVD now. It took years!

  11. The Ritz Family says:

    My 17 month old twins absolutely love your show. I can ask her what she wants to watch and it’s always ‘Gullah Gullah!’ They are glued to the television when I turn it on. What a great show. =)

  12. Anthony Whitaker says:

    OMG! Mrs. Daise I grew up on Gullah Gullah in the 90s. You were always my favorite show to watch and I had a Benya Benya stuffed animal. I’m so glad that you are still active doing wonderful things. Hey There is a great project!

  13. Jennifer Byrd says:

    Once again I enjoyed your performance at our school. My daughter is in the 1st grade and saw you whe she was in kindergarten. When she reads books she expresses everything in thatshe reads. When she saw you this year she said to me ” mommy she tells stories just like I do.!” Then she retold the whole story with song to her daddy and nana twice ! She wrote about you in her journal . I love that you have touched my cholds life and I was able to do MARY MACK with you on stage (daughter said I did a very good job ). Icould go on about the day that you were there but other readers may not understand why I think you are a blessing and such an awesome and amazing woman !

    • gullahmama says:

      Jennifer, Thank you! It is always my joy to perform and when I hear that it has meaning to those who are there, it affirms that I am on the path God set for me. I love that your daughter was able to share the song and story. THAT’s what’s up!! Thank you for being willing to come up and play with me. You helped make it a good day. Please hug your daughter for me and I appreciate your reaching out.

  14. Kate says:

    I loved Gullah Gullah Island as a toddler! It’s been years since I’d seen it and I finally found it on TV and shamefully spent all morning watching:). You and Ron are very talented and I’ll always love Gullah Gullah Island.

  15. JT says:

    My daughter loves watching Gullah Gullah I must have watched this rhyme time episode 100 times.. It’s really neat having her watch some of the shows that I grew up watching every once and a while I remember an episode of the show from when I was younger awesome feelings of nostalgia.. Thank You

    • gullahmama says:

      Thank you JT. I, myself, have feelings of nostalgia from that time when my own little people were sweet and little! Thank you for reaching out and hugs to your daughter.

      Natalie

  16. Keith says:

    Hello Ms. Natalie, I just really wanted to tell you that your show “Gullah Gullah Island” meant so much to me growing up and it still does, today. I’m 24 now and I still love to sing and learn about other cultures. I had trouble connecting with other kids when I was younger, so the shows I grew up with have became a part of me. So much so, that You, Mr. Ron and everybody on the show honestly felt like family. And of course, my wonderful real family had good things to say about you, too:)

    I am so glad to see you’re still spreading positivity to young people. And BTW, I do think that kids TV is lacking something your show had. Maybe it’s time for a reboot?;) Thank you, so much and tell Mr. Ron and your family I said hello! Greetings from Chicago!

    • gullahmama says:

      Hi Keith, so glad we could be a part of your childhood. The show meant a lot to us as well. It provided our own children with a chance to see themselves as they truly were. Good stuff. Thank you for your kind words and your note. Reboot? I don’t know about that, but anything can happen!

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