Gullah/Geechee Nation

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (

“De wata bring we an de wata gwine tek we bak.”

De wata may tro bak de chillun ef e ain kno how fa ack!

De chillun na de lun de lil one wha fa do

So, ef hunnuh wan um fa kno, den why don’t u?

Disya mi yeddi, so de journee mi tek

Cuz disya culcha got plennee at stake.

Ancestral voices beat against my ear drum as rhythmically as the waves on the Sea Island shore and they beat out the energy within their walks as their souls journey the sands of the sea that we call, “the Middle Passage.”  On the shoreline, these voices seem to be joined by the echoes of the polyrhythms whose echoes have never stopped passing through the trees.  Sometimes, their sounds simply lower a bit and as we feel them and we…

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