Coastal Cultures Conference 2015: De Wata da We: Gullah/Geechee Sustainability

The 2015 Coastal Cultures Conference: De Wata da We: Gullah/Geechee Sustainability will focus on the sustainability of Sea Island waterways and the Gullah/Geechee waterway traditions.  Sessions will include seafood safety and human health, Gullah/Geechee traditional fishing methods and environmental impacts, oysters as a keystone of the environment, and spirituality, creativity, and the sea.   The day will include a Gullah/Geechee fish fry and oyster reef restoration activities. 

Coastal Cultures Conference 2015 Poster

Cum fa jayn we and yeddi bout de wata and we!

Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm

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11-11:30 am  Conference Check-In
11:30 am-Noon  Welcome and Opening Libation by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation
Gullah/Geechee Lunch
Noon-1 pm  Cultural Heritage and Climate Change by Queen Quet & Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins
1-1:30 pm Coastal Climate Change Impacts and Impacts on Tangible and Intangibles of Cultural Heritage by Erika Spanger-Siegfried of the Union of Concerned Scientists
1-2 pm  Sustaining Gullah/Geechee Fishing Traditions & Human Health presentations by Dr. Jamelle Ellis of MUSC’s Department of Public Health Sciences and Jolvan Terez Morris, Ph. D.  LMRCSC Postdoctoral Fellow at Savannah State University
2-2:15 pm Conserving Our Coast by Joy Brown of the Nature Conservancy
2:15-2:45 pm    Gullah/Geechee Cast Net & Crab Trap Creation Demonstration by Captain Legree and Quintin Gayten of the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association
2:45-3 pm Break
3-3:45 pm De Gullah/Geechee Community & Sustainability Cultural Collaboration Circle
4-4:45 pm Oyster Shell Bagging for Oyster Reef Rebuild  (Bring something to change into or put on over your other clothes for this.)

For more information email or call (843) 838-1171.

Sponsored by the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network,

Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank, Gullah Roots Productions, and NuHealth Concepts.





GULLAH/Geechee Fishing Association



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