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.
Come out and support Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Carolee Holmes Brown of St. Helena Island, SC during the Colleton County Museum & Farmers’ Market’s 3rd Annual Lowcountry Fiber Arts Fair on
Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:30 am to 3 pm
506 E Washington Street
During Kwanzaa 2013, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) focused on the sixth principle of Nguzo Saba by giving background on the various methods of creativity and their manifestations in the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.gullahgeecheenation.com). Queen Quet addresses the fact that Gullah/Geechee creativity does not start nor end with sweetgrass basketry, quilting, painting, singing, …