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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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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Continues Gullah/Geechee Healing and Continuation

St. Helena Island, SC native Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) celebrated the 17th anniversary of being the first Gullah/Geechee to ever speak before the United Nations in Genevé, Switzerland on behalf of Gullah/Geechees by continuing to work to keep the culture alive. She and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net) which she founded in 1996 in order to insure that Gullah/Geechee traditions and landownership would continue celebrated the conclusion of another successful “Gullah/Geechee Nation Volunteer Month” and invites the community to the landmark St. Helena Branch Library to events for healing the community and continue Gullah/Geechee culture.

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Keynotes at Lorenzo D. Turner Symposium

The Fourth Annual

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Lorenzo Dow Turner Symposium on Gullah/Geechee History and Culture

featuring

Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine

Queen of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

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Black History: Miseducation, Misrepresentation, and Exploitation of Gullah/Geechee

Some stumbled upon it as they arrived on the Sea Islands for recreational activities along the beaches and through the forested areas. They wondered why the people spoke as they did and wondered how they created the crafts that they made. This “discovery” led to scores of people of African descent contributing to the misrepresentation and exploitation of the culture due to the fact that they as others of different races and cultures had been miseducated about what Gullah/Geechee culture actually is and from whence it came.

Due to the consistent influx of tourists to the Gullah/Geechee Nation, a number of “staged” engagements now take place which insure that they do not involve Gullah/Geechee that live the traditions and speak out about land issues and human rights. However, without the land, there will be no culture.

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