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This Land is Our Land: The Struggle and Beauty of Gullah/Geechee

The Gullah/Geechee are a declared minority group with their own language and ethnicity that is discernible even within the African-American population. A nation within a nation. They are largely self sufficient, depending on much of the same farming and fishing techniques that have sustained them since the enslavement of their ancestors.

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Queen’s Chronicle: Healin #GullahGeechee Land & Holdin pun de Culcha

Holdin pun de culcha happens pun de land. If we are taking a stand for land in order to keep Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage alive on it, it requires a significant intellectual, spiritual, and financial investment. So, as much as “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” is a fun raiser it is also a fundraiser. We call on all those celebrating “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” that truly appreciate the work that is on-going that allows us to still live on our coast and to keep our culture alive here to contribute to the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund”

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Tenk GAWD fa de #GullahGeechee! De Gullah/Geechee Nation Celebrates E 19th Anniversary!

On July 2, 2000, the Gullah/Geechee people came together from the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida to stand united at Sullivan’s Island, SC. On that day, they confirmed a one year long election of their first official “head pun de bodee” of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. They not only presented their declaration as a nation to the world before United Nations observers and on land owned by the United States federal government, they also enstooled their own leader.

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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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Queen Quet on the Survival of Sea Island Wisdom

This week we are honored to be in dialogue with Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, who is striving for justice on the front lines of the most pressing Anthropocentric intersections: climate change, resource extraction, corrupt and negligent government bodies, land theft, encroaching development and exploitative tourism.

Taking on Indigenous sovereignty, land rights, and climate change resiliency plans, Queen Quet is a warrior of justice for not only her peoples, but all of humanity.

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Contributing to the #GullahGeechee Culture for the Future

The achieving of the fundraising goals for these projects will assist the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation with continuing the daily work that is done.  This work exemplifies the Black Philanthropy Month theme for 2018 “For the Culture For the Future.”

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Gullah/Geechee Queen Quet Gwine Back ta de UN

Sea level rise and other climate changes impacts are compounding the work to protect the Sea Island environment.  Yet, Queen Quet  is committed to this work daily.  Queen Quet  has successfully worked against offshore oil drilling and seismic gun use in the Atlantic Ocean and is actively engaged with global partners in reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.    On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years and the Gullah/Geechee Nation  is working to achieve these goals during the International Decade of People of African Descent.   With your support, the Gullah/Geechee can insure that we have representation in the major planning and engagement activities to reach these goals and to insure that the Paris Agreement to protect the environment are achieved.   So, Tenki Tenki fa hep we send Queen Quet  ta de UN one mo ‘gain!   

Please contribute to this aspect of the “Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands World Tour”  at https://www.gofundme.com/gullahgeechee-queen-quet-goes-toun

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Resolutions, Restitution, and Reparations: 2018 State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) celebrated her 18th anniversary as the elected head pun de bodee of the Gullah/Geechee Nation with her annual State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation address on Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio

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19 Year Gullah/Geechee Human Rights Legacy

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is the elected head-of-state and spokesperson for the Gullah/Geechee.  She is a directorate member of the International Human Rights Association for American Minorities (IHRAAM).  Since she first went before the United Nations on April 1, 1999, she has also been an active part in numerous UN NGO conferences, the Minority Forum, the Indigenous Peoples Forum, COP 22, and the Oceans Forum.  She continues to be a tireless human rights advocate and defender. 

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Save the Sea Islands Tour Takes Queen Quet to the Midwest

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) will continue the “Save the Sea Islands Tour” in the midwest in April.  There are numerous public events in Minnesota that are being sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Winston Committee.   Cum fa jayn we and bring hunnuh famlee!

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