Category Archives: Carolina Gold Rice

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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Gullah/Geechee Nation Springs into Saturday Celebrations!

Cum jayn de Gullah/Geechee Famlee een GA and SC disya April ebee Satdee!  The Gullah/Geechee Nation will be welcoming guests from all over the world this April as they host these annual spring celebrations each Saturday.

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Gullah/Geechee Gold Rice Festival on Historic St. Helena Island, SC

Queen Quet is returning to Trinidad and Tobago in March on the “Save the Sea Islands World Tour” in order to provide a keynote address at the “TnT International Hill Rice Symposium” where she delivered a keynote in 2016.   From there, she will return to her home island to host the “Gullah/Geechee Gold Rice Festival” in conjunction with the St. Helena Island Community Market on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park at the intersection of Highway 21/Sea Island Parkway and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive on St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  This event that is being sponsored by the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, St. Helena Island Community Market, and All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™) is FREE and open to the public, but they do request that attendees obtain passes on EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-gold-rice-festival-tickets-33639130545.

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Gullah/Geechee, Hoppin’ John, and Greens and What This Means

Hunnuh chillun ain pose ta gwine een ta de Nyew Year widout de Hoppin John and de greens!

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