Tag Archives: Middle Passage

Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month 2017

In 2013, the Governors of the States of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia declared “Gullah/Geechee Awareness Month” and “Gullah/Geechee Heritage Month,” respectively.  Since that time, the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have continued the celebration of “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month.”

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Gullah/Geechee Queen’s Chronicles: When Family is Foreign to You

Middle Passage Month was tumultuous not only in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, but throughout the many island nations that are part of the African Diaspora due to the major hurricanes and tropical storms that brought winds and rains the likes of which this generation has never seen.  As I watched them on the screen, I felt like our ancestors had endured the same things as the billows rolled against the enslavement vessels tossed around at sea on their months long journeys. 

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The Middle Passage, Gullah/Geechee, and SAV

Enslavement advertisements in Savannah marketed the “Black gold/Black cargo” to insure people were aware of the “superior attributes of African slaves from Gambia, Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast, Angola, and New Calabar.” The “slave trade” on River Street in Savannah began as “intercolonial domestic trade” with enslaved Africans being brought from South Carolina to be sold into bondage or to be rented out to clear the land that would become Carolina gold rice and Sea Island cotton fields as well as to be built up to become the city of Savannah.

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Middle Passage Month Comes in Like a Storm in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Throughout the year, the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation honor our ancestral legacy through libation ceremonies and the transference of cultural knowledge. In September of each year, we specifically focus our energy on the arrival of our African ancestors on the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation via the Middle Passage. September is “Middle Passage Month” in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. We tell the stories of the horrors of the crime against humanity that chattel slavery was and the strength and triumph of our Gullah/Geechee ancestors that survived this journey and then dripped their blood, sweat, and tears into this soil as the nurturing agent that brought forth a mighty people that continue to endure hardships and thrive and prosper like “the tree planted by the rivers of the waters.”

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Gullah/Geechee Movement from the Middle Passage to this Moment

In honor of Middle Passage Month in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the International Decade of People of African Descent, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) hosted “Gullah/Geechee Movement from the Middle Passage to this Moment” on International World Peace Day 2015

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UMOJA-Unity in the Gullah/Geechee Community

Join Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) for Kwanzaa 2013 as UMOJA is not only defined but celebrated and reflected upon on Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio. Throughout the year, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net), the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network (www.gullahgeecheeangelnetwork.com), and the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida have worked together in unity …

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A Sea of Gullah/Geechee Culture Flows for Gullah/Geechee Heritage Awareness Month

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) Just as we prepare to engage in sacred ceremonies to culminate the inaugural Middle Passage Month which was declared as September in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, we flow into World Tourism Day.   In support of the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, World Tourism Day (WTD) which is …

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From the Middle Passage to the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) takes listeners on a journey through the Middle Passage journey from the Motherland to the Sea Islands on this episode of Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio entitled “Middle Passage Journey to the Sea Islands” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gullahgeechee/2013/09/23/middle-passage-journey-to-the-sea-islands.  This water passageway came to be due to the crime against humanity called the …

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In Remembrance of Our Gullah/Geechee Ancestors That Made the Passage by Queen Quet

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) ©2013 All Rights Reserved. On March 25th I stood on the shores of Bennett’s Point surrounded by family. We stood shoulder to should looking over at the next island thinking of what our ancestors could see. We looked into the water and saw the sweetgrass growing …

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