Category Archives: Carolina Gold Rice

Seed is Power! Jayn de @GullahGeechee fa de Global Seed Rally!

Seed is under attack. A small handful of the largest seed and agrochemical corporations in the world are working to strip farmers of their right to grow, save, sell, and exchange seed. Why? Because local, indigenous seeds are a threat to their monopolistic control of our global food systems. But across the continent, groups are fighting to reclaim the power of seed — to keep seed in the hands of the MANY, not the FEW. Next Saturday, June 26, we will have the opportunity to hear directly from those on the frontlines of this fight including Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com).

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Celebrating de Gullah/Geechee Culinary Legacy fa Black History Month

The Museum of Food and Drink and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival are presenting Migration Stories: Sustaining Gullah/Geechee Cooking Across Land and Sea, a virtual event that explores the foodways and cultural heritage of @GullahGeechee people. This will be the first in a series between MOFAD and the Folklife Festival exploring migration, food, and the transmission of knowledge in America. Tickets can be obtained at https://www.mofad.org/events/02032021/gullahgeechee for the February 3rd event and https://www.mofad.org/events/2021/0216/growingrice entitled GROWING RICE: A Migration Story from Seed to Plate. No doubt these events will feed minds and souls and folks will leave their screens wishing that they had a plate before them to feed their bodies as well.

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De Gullah/Geechee pun St. Helena Island via SaintHelenaGullahGeechee.com

“Disya da St. Helena” gwine bring hunnuh chillun riycha fa see who webe pun historic St. Helena Island, SC een de Gullah/Geechee Nation. It is truly a blessing to be able to assist people with a virtual visit through ourstory of historic St. Helena Island, South Carolina where I was homegrown in my Gullah/Geechee culture. • Queen Quet

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Zooming in on de Gullah/Geechee African Culinary Legacy

Tune in for the 16th episode of Zooming in on Sustainability” in celebration of National Rice Month featuring Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) in a dialogue with culinary expert, Michael Twitty. Michael Twitty of Afroculinaria is the author of “The Cooking Gene.” Tune een fa yeddi a tastee tak!

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Supporting @GullahGeechee Owned Farms for National Farmers Market Week

With all of this Gullah/Geechee legacy that exist in and on the soil of the Sea Islands where the Black gold hands continue to harvest, I would have been remissed if I didn’t celebrate our farmers and our farmers markets this National Farmers Week. Hunnuh chillun need fa gwine ta um fa git sumting healtee fa nyam pun fa tru!

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De Gullah/Geechee Nation Flag

The Gullah/Geechee Flag represents those sons and daughters of Africa who were forced to come to America in ships of pain, for a life of servitude and death.

For more than three hundred years the Anointed People of the African Sun were auction off to the highest bidder torn away from tribal and family ties, systematically deprived of ancient African names, physically and mentally brutalized in both body and soul.

Forced to renounce traditional religions and beliefs, stripped of self-respect, dehumanized, tortured without mercy or moral concern, lynched, raped, denied political access, methodically conditioned to engage in self hate and denied any hope of freedom.

And after the genocide, cheated out of the promised 40 acres and a mule.

Yet, the Gullah/Geechee Anointed People survived like a bright shining star above adversity to finally be free again.

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Frum Africa ta de Gullah/Geechee Nation

Ef hunnuh chillun gwine crak hunnuh teet bout who webe @GullahGeechee, hunnuh gwine hafa yeddi bout de tru journee frum Alkebulan ta de islandts wha dey een de sea. Afta disya, hunnuh gwine hafa lun bout wha Africans put een disya soil and e human rights battle wha gwine on fa webe free. So, fa disya Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month, we sho disya pun Gullah/Geechee TV frum de Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition’s Alkebulan Archive cuz we taut um not robree:

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Celebrating Gullah/Geechee een SC!

Spring begins and planting season takes place in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, opportunities to engage with Gullah/Geechee culture blooms. A series of events and celebrations highlighting the living legacy of the Gullah/Geechee will be taking place throughout SC.

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Sustaining a Nation by Queen Quet @GullahGeechee

When I started out doing this work over almost 4 decades ago, no one else used the term “Gullah/Geechee” and now it is a hashtag unto itself.  I was led to put the two words together in order to unify my people who had been separated by those that truly sought to destroy our spirits and exploit our abilities in the process.  The fortunate reality is that there are people around the world that now know of the existence of #GullahGeechee history, heritage, and culture.  However, the unfortunate thing is that due to the saturation of the entertainment and tourist markets with storytelling and misleading representations via museums, replicated sites, non-Gullah/Geechee operated events, tourism agencies, and now even museums that seek to exploit grant money, the work that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are doing has become that much more difficult.

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Gullah/Geechee: Heirs to Heirlooms

Many Gullah/Geechee heirs lost the value of their inheritance and their heirlooms over the generations because they truly were unaware of the value that lies therein.  They didn’t realize that land was not a burden because you had to pay taxes for it.  It is actually one of the greatest assets that one can possess.  An asset greater than that our ancestors had even during their enslavement on these lands that are now the Gullah/Geechee Nation is vision. 

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