The Moja Arts Festival in Charleston, SC is normally the opening series of events for “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month.” However, due to Hurricane Ian, many of the events were cancelled for this year. The city needed to get lights restored and clean up the streets due to debris as the water receded once again.
The hurricane didn’t dampen our spirits nor our celebration because Hallmark Movies has blessed the Gullah/Geechee Nation! Instead of leaving home, everyone can gather their family members and especially their girlfriends together for dinner and tune in to the premiere of the Hallmark Mahogany Movie, “Girlfriendship” at 8 pm EST Saturday, October 1, 2022 on the Hallmark Channel.
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation was the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Consultant for this film as she was for Mel Gibson’s “The Patriot,” WGN’s “Underground” and numerous other television and big screen movies and TV series over the years. Queen Quet detailed her experiences with the film in this blog:
“Girlfriendship” should inspire friends and lovers to go on some adventures in the Gullah/Geechee Nation in support of “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month.” One such event where Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Anastatia Ketchen, artists Quadré Stuckey, Elders Carlie Towne & Lesa Wineglass and others will present in person will be the “Gullah/Geechee Richness Event” at Ripple in downtown Charleston, SC on Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 2-4 pm. The event will support the efforts of the Gullah/Geechee Nation‘s official 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network. Hunnuh chillun need fa bring de famlee and jayn we fa disya fa tru!
The family in North Carolina is invited to come together to Ring Shout for Elders Day on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 2-4 pm at Coxs Landing.
Interestingly enough, even OWN‘s Queen Sugar has been highlighting Gullah/Geechee culture this season and more will be on the air on coming episodes. They started out with a ring shout.
As much as the Gullah/Geechee Nation‘s citizens appreciate the amplification of our culture via these artistic means, fa yeddi de trut bout who webe, hunnuh gwine hafa dey ya wid we wha hol pun we culcha een disya land of de Gullah/Geechee. The “Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival” is an opportunity for you to enjoy Gullah/Geechee traditional foods and to learn about sustaining the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s coast while supporting the work of the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. The event is held on even numbered years and will be hosted on October 22, 2022 from Noon to 4:30 pm at the Hunting Island Nature Center. Getting your ticket in advance secures you a Gullah/Geechee seafood meal. Gwine ya fa git hunnuh oin’t ya:
As you traverse Highway 17 in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, you may notice the signage for the “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.” The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor National Heritage Area runs through the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Folks will exit that highway onto Highway 21 in Beaufort, SC to join a celebration of this NHA. The GGCHC NHA will open its official headquarters in Beaufort, SC on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation will lead the libation ceremony and will have a book signing throughout the event which will include shouters, performances, vendors and much more.
The unity and peace in the Gullah/Geechee Nation continues to expand the circle as if the family is sewing together one large bottom of a strong sweetgrass basket in which we can continue to contain and sustain our culture. We are pleased that others have joined in our celebration this year by inviting the Gullah/Geechee Famlee to be a part of other gatherings of people that seek to bring peace and healing to the world. Queen Quet will lead a libation ceremony in Savannah, GA on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 1:30 pm as part of the Unity Church’s Peace Pole installation. This special ceremony is to show the Unity Church’s intention to be a beacon of Peace in our community. The Peace Pole is inscribed with eight different languages to represent the diversity of our community. The Prayer May Peace Prevail on Earth is written on our Peace Pole in English, Gullah, Creek, Hebrew, Spanish, Aramaic, Arabic, and Sanskrit. More details on this can be found at https://unitysavannah.org/events/peace-pole/.
As Queen Quet travels the world, she always seeks to engage in circles of peace and healing. So, the power and energy that will be brought back from the Half-Earth Day gatherings in Washington, DC will be a part of the energy shared at the Peace Pole Ceremony. Half–EarthDay® brings together people from around the world and across disciplines to share their unique perspectives and thought leadership on how we can work together to achieve the goal of Half–Earth and ensure the health of our planet for future generations. On October 12th, Queen Quet will be one of the many speakers at the Washington, DC Visitors Center and she will do a book signing following the presentations. For those that are unable to attend the events in person, the October 13th activities will be live streamed. Registration for the event is open at
The Smithsonian Institution and E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation present
Our Shared Future–a conversation in celebration of Half-Earth Day 2022
October 13, Washington, DC
Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Join distinguished scientists, educators and activists to discuss global conservation priorities for species and people, equitable conservation practice, biodiversity and climate national policy, conservation biology education, and more. Featuring – Ani Dasgupta, Queen Quet, Ellen Stofan, Paula J. Ehrlich, Cristián Samper, Lucas St. Clair, Elizabeth Gray, Sean B. Carroll, Jennifer Morris, Alison Fox, Dawn Wright, Jeff Corwin and more!
It is not only vital that people of the world recognize the unique knowledge that indigenous natives of islands have that can benefit the world, it is imperative that people support their efforts for self-determination and environmental & economic sustainability. Supporting the authentic events and companies of native Gullah/Geechees during “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month” is a critical part of this process. Businesses, events and organizations that are owned and operated by Gullah/Geechee traditionalists will be posted and highlighted at www.GullahGeecheeNation.com throughout the month. Hunnuh chillun kin gwine dey and falla we fa FREE.
Disya “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month” gwine be a journey een ta who webe fa tru! We look forward to celebrating with you.