“Fa We Ancestas” is the theme of the 2017 “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™.” This festival began on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation in 2005 and has since traveled to numerous cities of the Gullah/Geechee Nation as well as to the Bahamas. This year’s return to St. Helena Island will be a celebration of the rich living culture of the island and Beaufort County.
The three day celebration August 4-6, 2017 will educate the supporters through a series of cultural heritage activities.
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is a Friend of Beaufort County Libraries. She is proud to see the return of the bookmobile to St. Helena Island! The community will have an opportunity to “Meet the Bookmobile” at library branches before beginning its summer route on Monday, June 5. Check it out at the following locations:
Lobeco Branch Library – Thursday, June 1, 11:00-3:00pm
St. Helena Branch Library – Friday, June 2, 11:00-3:00pm
Hilton Head Branch Library – Saturday, June 3, 11:00-3:00pm
The U.S. travel and tourism industry generates approximately $2.1 trillion per year. So, it is no surprise that there is actually a “Tourism Week” celebrated. In South Carolina, Gullah/Geechee culture is often highlighted at the I-95 North Visitors Center in Hardeeville, SC. However, in most cases, Gullah/Geechee culture is not highlighted, it is hijacked!
The massive amount of tourists that come to the Gullah/Geechee Nation annually believe that by driving through and taking photos and then staying in a hotel or camp ground over night, they have supported the Gullah/Geechee people. They even end up often duped into spending funds at “historic sites” and plantations that have Gullah/Geechee listed on their websites and shots of sweetgrass baskets on their brochures to only find out that there are no Gullah/Geechee people that own that site. There may be one Gullah/Geechee person or a few that work there, but beyond their salaries, there is no economic support going to the citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1 pm
Come celebrate the dedication of the new Gullah/Geechee Visitors Center 1908 Boundary Street at the intersection of Highway 21 and Ribaut Road in Beaufort, SC! Enjoy an afternoon of Gullah/Geechee sounds, scenes, and cuisine as we welcome folks to our coast!
E gwine be a time!
De Gullah/Geechee Angel Network
De Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition present
“Gittin Ready fa de Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion:
An Interactive Family Collections Digitization and Protection Workshop”
Saturday, March 25, 2017
10 am to 5 pm
St. Helena Branch Library
Historic St. Helena Island, SC
in the Gullah/Geechee Nation
Cum fa jayn we and bring de famlee fa “Gullah/Geechee Unity een de Communitee!”
Join us on the historic riverfront of Savannah, GA for a FREE weekend celebrating the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s history and heritage of this port city and the Coastal Empire!
Cum fa jayn we pun historic St. Helena Island, SC een de Gullah/Geechee Nation fa de 12th Annual “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™”
August 4-6, 2017
Founder of the St. Helena Island based, Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) will provide a special Gullah/Geechee history of St. Helena tour through the landmark St. Helena Branch Library during the Beaufort Humanities Festival. Tours will take place on Friday, June 10th between Noon and 2 pm and are FREE for all attendees.