Creative Aging and Sweetgrass Basket Makers in South Carolina

Minuette Floyd (University of South Carolina)

Some studies show that creativity decreases with age, but other factors related to education, daily activities, health, and attitudes are important variables that impact these results. This paper examines the sweetgrass basket making practice of Gullah women in the Lowcountry of South Carolina who are descendants of Africans that came from the rice-growing regions of West Africa through the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Through oral interviews, video and photography, this researcher documented the older generation of sweetgrass basket makers to learn about the impact of aging on their artistic practice.

Part of 05-06 The Roots of Maturity: Pathways to Aging Creatively, Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm