Tag Archives: Sea Islands

Gullah Wars 2021: Saving the Site of the Stono Rebellion

there is an attempt to annex which is usually a tactic used along the coast when folks seek to upzone and bring in massive destructionment projects. If the annexation and upzoning were to pass, more than 3,000 homes could be built on the headwaters of Rantowles Creek—which flows into the Stono River which is the location for which the Stono Rebellion is named. Currenty, there are fewer than 300 homes are allowed there.  In order to keep this overbuilding from happening in this environmentally sensitive and historic areas, we must be like Cato and the Angolan men. We have to work and march together for liberty! We need to take a stand to protect the land!

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Where You Gonna Run To? Cultural Heritage Continuation and the Intersectionality of Calamity

…those that truly see the world devastation attached to the spiritual degradation that has led people to being so self absorbed that they are more interested in their distractions than they are in focusing on ways to heal the planet, find ourselves almost unable to rise from our knees to work since we are consistently crying out to GOD to hold back the storms and heal the land. If the root cause of climate change is truly anthropocene and climate inaction has produced and will continue to produce more human health issues from heat induced sicknesses to pandemics and will continue to threaten our food security by bringing about ocean acidification, drought, and wildfires amongst a sundry lists of other issues, “Oh sinner man, where you gonna run to?”

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Gullah/Geechee Agro-Culture Fishing & Farming Field Day

who were enslaved on plantations along the southeast coast, Gullah/Geechee represents the only group of African Americans who maintained a significant amount of Africanisms including foodways, land use practices, subsistence fishing, and the spoken Gullah language (Goodwine, 1998; Politzer, 1999). For centuries, Gullah/Geechee communities sustained a way of life predicated on the wealth of close-knit family compounds, and carefully nurtured the resources of the land and water (Dean, 2013). In recent decades, this way of life has been disrupted due to inequitable public policy. Beyond the negative impact on the immediate community, this disruption also has negative impacts on the larger farming ecosystem. Research shows that culture and agriculture ecosystems are inextricably linked – sustain culture, sustain agriculture (Dean, 2013).” Like the cast net, we want to draw in all that will feed the Gullah/Geechee Famlee.  We gwine feed de mind, body, and soul. 

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Celebrate Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week on Edisto Island, SC!

Enjoy a Gullah/Geechee histo-musical presentation by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Book signing by Greg Estevez, author of the book, “Edisto Island: The African-American Journey”.  Purchase Gullah/Geechee books, art, and items while enjoying the evening with some of Edisto Island’s experts in the Gullah/Geechee culture. 

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Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day Celebrates Gullah/Geechee Land & Living Legacy

Nation Appreciation Week which is happening July 31st-August 8, 2021.   The celebration is happening under the theme “Celebrating Gullah/Geechee Land & Living Legacy” and will begin on historic St. Helena Island, SC on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Noon at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park on Sea Island Parkway at Dr. Martin Luther King Drive with “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day.”

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Hunnuh mus tek cyare de root fa heal de tree: Gullah/Geechee Resiliency

25 years ago in a vision my ancestors said to me, “Hunnuh mus tek cyare de root fa heal de tree.” That became not only the slogan for the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition which GOD directed me to be the founder of, this also became my daily mission. • Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Keynotes on A New Way of Being with Plants

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com), Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) and Former University of Minnesota Winton Chair and Professor will present “De Earth da We: Gullah/Geechee Nation Plants and Healing Culturally.”  This will be an interactive dialogue about the cultural heritage of the Gullah/Geechee Nation on the Sea Islands and the sacredness of plant life and how honoring the earth can heal the community.

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Earth Day Activities @GullahGeechee

Many citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have engaged in Earth Month by continuing the agrarian traditions that their ancestors passed down. Many others have started to engage in citizens science projects and academic field work that will help build capacity in regard to resilience and sustainability not only for the land and water, but also for our cultural heritage community. If haven’t yet participated in the events that were held virtually, join in these Earth Day activities with the Gullah/Geechee Family.

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Join Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation at the Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) Townhall

The next Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) Stakeholders Townhall is on 
April 21st at 11 am eastern time. The town hall will cover topics related to impacts of acidification on subsistence fishing and rural and indigenous communities, as well as non-traditional educational tools for these communities.

Join the event via this link:

 https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/174427157

The speakers will be Noelle Boucquey from Eckard College in St. Petersburg FL
and Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com).

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Protecting the Gullah/Geechee Nation Amidst the Flood Waters

Because equitable policy starts with elevating community voices, the American Flood
Coalition and the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management convened a
roundtable series with the leaders of eight CBOs, each representing a historically underserved
community affected by flooding including the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

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