Coastal Cultures Conference 2016: Gwine ta de Wata: Gullah/Geechee & Sea Island Sustainability

Cum fa jayn de Gullah/Geechee Nation Leaders 


De Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank

fa de 4th Annual

Coastal Cultures Conference

“Gwine ta de Wata:

Gullah/Geechee & Sea Island Sustainability

at de landmark St. Helena Branch Library

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Please bring with you a Gullah/Geechee book, painting or craft item to donate to the St. Helena Gullah/Geechee collection or make a cash donation to “St. Helena Fill the Shelves.”

Coastal Cultures Conference 2016 Poster

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED.  Please gwine ya:

Presentation Schedule

10-10:30 am Registration and Meet and Greet

10:30-11 am Welcome & Overview and Special Tribute to the Late Dr. Ida Spruill

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (


11-Noon Gullah/Geechee Sea Work Traditions and Sustainability Field Work Presentations by Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank Members

• Dr. Kate Derickson of the University of Minnesota

• Dr. Annette Watson of College of Charleston


Noon-1 pm Gullah/Geechee Lunch with Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association ( Interactions and Video Showing


1-1:15 pm Gullah/Geechee Seafood Safety & Human Health

• Dr. Pat Fair of National Oceanic and Atmopsheric Administration(NOAA)

Report on “Safe Sea, Healthy Me” from MUSC


1:15-1:45 pm Gullah/Geechee: From Autoimmunity and Cancer to Increasing the Means to be Healthy

• Dr. Matthew Gregoski of the Hollings Cancer Center of the Medical University of SC (MUSC)

• Dr. Diane Kamen of MUSCLE


1:45-2 pm Healthy Ways to Engage Q & A


2-3 pm Gullah/Geechee Coastal Land and Cultural Heritage Sustainability

• Queen Quet, Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition(

• Michael Bedenbaugh of the “Saving Gullah Homes for Gullah Families Project” by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation

• Elder Carlie Towne of the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network (

3-3:30 Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Projects Interactive Stations Break & Library Tour

3:30-5 pm Closing Circle of Connection


6-8 pm Coastal Cultures After Party at MJ’s Soul Food 1634 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920 sponsored by All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™) (

The Coastal Cultures Conference is sponsored by the GOD, the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank, St. Helena Branch Library, the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program, SC Coastal Conservation League, SC Sea Grant Consortium, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Health Sciences, and the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network.

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