Category Archives: Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association

Queen Quet: Queen of Islands and Water Champion

Those tides are now called “king tides” throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation and that king has dethrowned cotton. Aaah, but this king now has an elected Queen that is facing him and the other members of his climate changing and environmentally impacting family head on-Queen Quet!

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Testifies Before the United States Congress

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is headed to Washington, D.C. this week to provide expert testimony before the United States Congress on how climate change is impacting her people and their coastal and Sea Island communities.

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Happy Anniversary to the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition! Celebrating Environmental Victories!

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) was the first organization in world history to contain “Gullah/Geechee” in its name.  Since they started their work in 1996 under the leadership of the founder, Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine (www.QueenQuet.com), they have successfully managed to get “Gullah/Geechee” as one unit into the vocabulary of the world instead of the use of “Gullah” or “Geechee” separately.   This is part of one of the many seeds that Queen Quet who coined the phrase

“Hunnuh mus tek cyare de root fa heal de tree.”
has planted around the world as she continues to lead the fight for Gullah/Geechee land and human rights.

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The Grinch Has a Gun! Stopping Seismic Guns in the Gullah/Geechee Nation!

We can’t let the Grinch come to our coast and kill!  Stand up with the Gullah/Geechee Nation and #BlocktheBlast and $StoptheDrill!

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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 Artists Featured at Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival 2018

De Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association will host its 5th Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from Noon to 6 pm at the Hunting Island Nature Center. 

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Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month Celebration 2018

Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month Celebration 2018    Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders launched “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month” with the “Gullah/Geechee Gala at Gullah Roots” in North Charleston.  The celebration includes a number of online educational postings and profiles at the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s Facebook fan page …

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Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month 2018

The citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation call for the entire world to celebrate #GullahGeechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month with us on each day of October annually by learning more about the living history of our community and by supporting the business owners, artists, and events of native Gullah/Geechees. 

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De Wata de Rise: World Water Monitoring Day een de Gullah/Geechee Nation

“De wata bring we, de wata gwine tek we bak.”

It was surreal that this proverb would keep speaking to my soul about how people need to get back to working together and paying attention to our environment on the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s coast.   I kept hearing it in my mind as we watched the reports of the massive amounts of water that were being predicted would come onto Sea Island land and even inland due to Hurricane Florence.  Storm surge coupled with high tide is enough, but when you add rain over days and days, no one had any idea of how high the waters would rise nor when the rivers would crest nor how much inland dams would be able to take before the water flooded land for miles. 

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Toxic Dangers Threaten Gullah/Geechee Nation Community Meeting To Be Held October 10th

The Atlantic Ocean has sustained the Gullah/Geechee people for hundreds of years. The African ethnic groups and indigenous Americans, who formed the Gullah/Geechee Nation, have kept their fishing and agrarian culture alive in spite of threats from coastal development, pollution and climate change.

Now the Gullah/Geechee Nation faces the existential threat of toxic chemicals being set free off the shores of their ancestral home in the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands.

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