Great American Road Trip Story: Queen Quet, Unedited

Check out the story: Queen Quet, Unedited from the “Great American Road Trip” blog:

Great American Road Trip: Queen Quet, Unedited   http://adaptationstories.com/2013/07/09/queen-quet-unedited/

Road Trippers and Writers, Kirsten & Allie with Queen Quet along the Gullah/Geechee shoreline during their journey to St. Helena and Hunting Islands, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

Road Trippers and Writers, Kirsten & Allie with Queen Quet along the Gullah/Geechee shoreline during their journey to St. Helena and Hunting Islands, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

The Gullah/Geechee people, descendants of enslaved Africans captured in Angola and other parts of the Western Seaboard of Africa who now stretch from Jacksonville, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, do not have a word for “adaptation” or “resiliency” in their Creole language. And yet, as Queen Quet, the elected head-of-state for the Gullah/Geechee, explains in the (unedited) clip above, the Gullah/Geechee are an incredibly resilient people: they maintained their culture through slavery and today continue traditional farming practices on family compounds.

“What we understand, or overstand as I like to say—that’s what others call adapting,” Queen Quet said. “We call it living.””

To read the rest of the story, click the link above…..

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