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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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I Been een de Storm So Long

Florence kept spinning faster and widening to show a commanding presence.  Yet, for her, that wasn’t enough.   The next things we knew, she was bringing other storms along with her too!  I posted on Facebook” We hafa end this stormy family reunion fa tru!”  Then folks that had never been in the storm wondered “What will ya’ll do?”  In response, my soul sang as my ancestors did:

“I been een de storm so long!

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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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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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Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands Tour Takes Queen Quet to Global Climate Action Summit for Climate Heritage Mobilization

Organizers for the Climate Heritage Mobilization at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit which will be held in San Francisco, CA September 12 to 14 realize that heritage has the power to help communities make the #ParisAgreement a reality.  At the #ClimateHeritage Mobilization @ #GCAS2018, cultural heritage community leaders from around the world are uniting to the show the way. One of these leaders will be Queen Quet who has been invited to California by the governor of that state.  She will be part of the Global Climate Action Summit which will bring together state and local governments, business, and citizens from around the world to showcase climate action taking place, thereby demonstrating how the tide has turned in the race against climate change and inspiring deeper national commitments in support of the Paris Agreement.

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De Conch Third Quarter 2018

De Conch da de international ezine ob de Gullah/Geechee Nation. Ef bout we hunnuh wan kno, den yeddi De Conch da blo! This edition features information about Black Philanthropy Month, the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival, IAAM, and coming events including the Global Climate Summit. Read, share, and download the info. Den jayn we pun de islandts ob de #GullahGeeechee!

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Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ 2019

De Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ 2018 celebrated the historical connections between Barbados and the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  The celebration and reconnection will continue in Barbados as the festival family journeys there in June 2019.  So, ef hunnuh wan go, stay tuned ta http://www.GullahGeechee.info!

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South Carolina Celebrates #GullahGeechee Nation Appreciation Week 2018

The South Carolina coast has been celebrating “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” since it began in the City of Charleston in 2012.  As usual, every county that makes up the South Carolina Lowcountry excluding Horry County has participated in proclaiming the celebration.   

The celebration was launched in Florida this year for the first time at the Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day at American Beach.  It will culminate in Charleston with the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ once again.  This year the celebration is themed “Disya da Gullah/Geechee!”

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Georgia Celebrates #GullahGeechee Nation Appreciation Week

The Coastal Empire and the Golden Isles are glowing from the richness of the Gullah/Geechee traditions, heritage, and culture that are being celebrated there again this year.  Chatham, Glynn, and Liberty County once again led the way in proclaiming “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” again this year!

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