Hey there!


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.

21 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.

  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!”

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