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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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Culture on the Vine: Gullah/Geechee Muscadine

In the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the continuation of cultural traditions on the land is still a major issue.  The traditionalists have long since realized that without our land, we do not have a culture much less a home.   So, we continue to fight to maintain land ownership, combat environmental dangers, and to continue the economic empowerment of family members upon the land.

In Nesmith, which is on the western boundary of the Gullah/Geechee Nation in South Carolina, there are miles of acres of land lined out in cotton and soybeans.  Suddenly down a long dirt road, you find a vineyard in the midst of it all. 

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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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Tune in to the annual Labor Day edition of Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio to learn of the history of the labor movement as it relates to Gullah/Geechees and other people of African descent.  Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) challenges what has taken place in “right-to-work” states and how the wages and opportunities therein have remained so low that this continues to contribute to the movement against wage slavery and the battle for many native Gullah/Geechees to be able to afford to hold on to their land. 

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Disya da Gullah/Geechee:  A Week Long Celebration of the Cultural Legacy of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet, the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders and Assembly of Representatives for the Gullah/Geechee Nation are calling for everyone throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation to participate in the numerous activities that will take place during Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week. 

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De Queen & De Chillun:  Gullah/Geechee Education for the Youth

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is continuing the Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands Tour with a number of youth presentations in South Carolina.  On Juneteenth, she will present at the Metatonia Freedom School in North Charleston as part of their summer reading program series.   She will continue the journey by making her annual appearance at the Colleton County Memorial Library on Wednesday, June 20th at 10 am.   On Saturday, July 14th, Duke Energy is sponsoring her histo-musical presentations in Greenwood County, SC.  These presentations will take place from 10 to 11:30 at Weston Chapel with the afternoon session from 1:30 to 3 at Our Lady of Lourdes as part of the “Let’s Talk About Race” series.

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A Place Fa We: Black Townships on the Gullah/Geechee Coast

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is releasing a thirty volume series on Gullah/Geechee history, heritage, and culture entitled “Gullah/Geechee: Africa’s Seeds in the Winds of the Diaspora.”  Volume VI is entitled “A Place Fa We: Black Townships on the Gullah/Geechee Coast.”  This volume provides a brief, but comprehensive history of the incorporated townships that dot the coast of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and celebrates the visionaries that founded these areas while also examining the causes for the loss of some of them.   

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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 Cultural Heritage Conferences 2018

These conferences are wonderful opportunities to engage in interactive activities and dialogues with people that live the Gullah/Geechee culture and learn first hand how they continue to keep their cultural heritage alive.  You can also learn how you can be an active part of assisting in that process.  The Gullah/Geechees encourage hunnuh fa jayn we fa yeddi who webe frum we!

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Celebrating Reconstruction in Beaufort County @GullahGeechee

The Reconstruction Era National Monument which is celebrating its first anniversary is dedicated to commemorating the period from 1861 through 1900 when nearly four million previously enslaved Africans sought to integrate into a free society and into the educational, economic, and political life of the country that they actually built.   The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition in collaboration with Gullah African Diaspora Artists (GADA) will host a conference that will delve deeply into the Gullah/Geechee story of Reconstruction.  The “Realities of Reconstruction Conference” will be held at the new Mather Museum and Interpretive Center which is located at the historic Mather School campus which is now the Technical College of the Lowcountry.  The conference will give the participants an opportunity to visit several sites beyond those that are officially a part of the Reconstruction Era National Monument. 

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