The Museum of Food and Drink and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival are presenting Migration Stories: Sustaining Gullah/Geechee Cooking Across Land and Sea, a virtual event that explores the foodways and cultural heritage of @GullahGeechee people. This will be the first in a series between MOFAD and the Folklife Festival exploring migration, food, and the transmission of knowledge in America. Tickets can be obtained at https://www.mofad.org/events/02032021/gullahgeechee for the February 3rd event and https://www.mofad.org/events/2021/0216/growingrice entitled GROWING RICE: A Migration Story from Seed to Plate. No doubt these events will feed minds and souls and folks will leave their screens wishing that they had a plate before them to feed their bodies as well.
As many people make plans for the Memorial Day weekend and Sea Island summer journeys for their civic groups, family reunions, and social clubs, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition helps them to link to authentic Gullah/Geechee culture via De Gullah Root Experience Tour and providing information on Gullah/Geechee owned and operated businesses and historic sites. Also, in the midst of all of the nationally advertised commercial festivals, they link their supporters to the events that are being held by the grassroots and traditional Gullah/Geechee people. St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation which is one of very few Sea Islands that still have contiguous Gullah/Geechee family compounds in which Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage is lived daily. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that St. Helena is the place wherein those visiting will be able to fully engage with native Gullah/Geechees and support them economically.