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Zooming in on Cultural Heritage Linguistically @GullahGeechee

Tune in for the 25th episode of “Zooming in on Sustainability” on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 3 pm as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) talks with Dr. Jessica Berry about the Gullah/Geechee language and sustaining cultural heritage linguistically. They will discuss Dr. Berry’s Gullah/Geechee language journey, career, and book.

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Zooming in on Gullah/Geechee Crafts and Cultural Sustainability

Tune in for the twelfth episode of Zooming in on Sustainability featuring Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. Learn about the legacy of Gullah/Geechee crafts and how this contributes to cultural sustainability.

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Queen’s Chronicle: Gullah/Geechee Linguistic Misrepresentation and Maintaining Indigenous Languages

“As Rita Mae Brown put it ‘Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.’ A Gullah/Geechee proverb says: ‘Ef hunnuh ain kno whey hunnuh dey frum, hunnuh ain gwine kno whey hunnuh gwine.’ ‘Absolutely nothing is so important for a nation’s culture as its language.’

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Books bout we de Gullah/Geechee

Disya Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month, mek sho hunnuh yeddi de trut bout who webe.  Ef hunnuh gwine git a book, git disya fa hunnuh libraree:

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De Gullah/Geechee Foundation of America

Many people only look to the Gullah/Geechee Nation to hear storytelling and music or to seek out a great plate of food.  However, when they arrive on the soil of the Sea Islands and Lowcountry between Jacksonville, NC and Jacksonville, FL they are now walking on the foundations of America that is held together by the blood, sweat, and tears of the Africans from Angola, Ivory Coast, Burkina-Faso, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Togo, Benin, Gabon, Congo, and Zaire as well as some from Madagascar and Mozambique. 

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Celebrate the Gullah/Geechee Living Legacy on Historic St. Helena Island, SC at the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival

“Fa We Ancestas” is the theme of the 2017 “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™.”  This festival began on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation in 2005 and has since traveled to numerous cities of the Gullah/Geechee Nation as well as to the Bahamas.   This year’s return to St. Helena Island will be a celebration of the rich living culture of the island and Beaufort County.

The three day celebration August 4-6, 2017 will educate the supporters through a series of cultural heritage activities.

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Celebrate the Holy Days in Gullah/Geechee Ways!

Cum fa jayn de @GullahGeechee famlee een sum fun and ting fa de Holy Days een Chastun and pun St. Helena Islandt!

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Continuing Gullah/Geechee African Reconnections

As we traversed the roads through the valleys and then up into the mountains, I gave thanks for the strength of the women here that I saw hauling items on their backs on the dirt roads and herding the animals. They reminded me of my mother and the elder mothers of my island and all the hard labor that they had gone through while hauling babies on their backs and baskets on their heads as some of these women were also still doing. I thought about the many early mornings that I awoke and traveled fo dayclean ta de field. I could feel myself balancing my neck as I saw other women with the baskets on their heads the way I carried mine in the fields and how I still carry them on stages now around the world and bring out our continuing African traditions from them for groups of people that still want to learn how we thrived and survived.

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September Celebrations een de #GullahGeechee Nation

September is Middle Passage Month in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. In the midst of the on-going traditions of honoring our ancestors and paying homage to them for all that they did to thrive and survive in the face of hardships and oppression, we also celebrate our continued existence. We gee tenks ta GAWD fa mekin we Gullah/Geechee Anointed People!

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Queen’s Chronicle: #GullahGeechee Nation Appreciation

Disya da de chillun wha da shout wid we fa disya “Celebration of Self-Determination” which is the theme for this year’s “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.” When the Gullah/Geechees stood together on Sullivan’s Island to tell people that we stand on our human right to self-determination, this brought about a critical shift in the way the world started to see us. In fact, it started to cause the world to actually see us.

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