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Reconstruction Era National Monument Request Public Input

August 15, 2017

Reconstruction National Monument Foundation MeetingBeaufort County, SC is the location of the new multi-site Reconstruction Era National Monument.  The US National Park Service is currently putting together their foundation document which will direct how they will manage and interpret the site.  To that end, they have held several public meetings throughout the county and are seeking public comments, please go to https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=571&projectID=73762&documentID=81456 before August 18, 2018 to add your words to this critical part of the process.


Please tune in to the Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio coverage about the Reconstruction Era and the importance of your input in the progress of the Reconstruction Era National Monument:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gullahgeechee/2017/08/14/reconstruction-gullahgeechee-coast-land-legacy-and-justice-environmentally

 

De Wata Need We! Protecting the Waters of the Gullah/Geechee Nation!

August 15, 2017

“De wata bring we and de wata gwine tek we bak” is a well known Gullah/Geechee proverb.  The waters of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are critical to the continuing of the cultural heritage of the people there.  Gullah/Geechees still literally subsist due to harvesting from the sea.  They do all that they can to live in balance with the waterways and want to keep these waterways pristine.  To that end, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association, and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition are supporting the bans on the use of plastic bags which are being put in place in numerous townships on the Gullah/Geechee Nation‘s coast due to the numerous harms that take place with the sea creatures and the environment when plastic bags get into the oceans and estuaries.

In addition to supporting the plastic bag bands, they are supporting this petition by their partner Oceana to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

https://act.oceana.org/page/12931/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=en&utm_campaign=defense&utm_content=NAT+-+20170814+-+NOAA+Streamlining+Regs+Petition+-+ND+-+SL+Winner&ea.url.id=1007464

Please click the link and sign the petition before August 21st so that ocean protections will remain in place.

Gullah/Geechee Nation Opposes Oil Drilling and Seismic Guns

The Gullah/Geechee Nation also finds itself having to fight against oil exploration, oil drilling, and the use of seismic guns in the Atlantic Ocean once again since the US government is attempting to reopen the coast to this.  We have until August 17, 2017 for comments to be entered with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in opposition to oil exploration including the use of seismic guns and to oil drilling.  We are calling on all of our supporters worldwide to let them know that you stand with the Gullah/Geechee Nation maintaining its cultural heritage on this coast and to that end, you want the Atlantic Coast kept off of the list of locations for oil exploration and drilling to take place.  You can go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=BOEM-2017-0050-0001 to enter your comments.

Tenki Tenki ta all hunnuh wha gwine stand wid de Gullah/Geechee!  Disya time, de wata need we!

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Tune in to “Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio” to hear more about these petitions and ways to assist in protecting Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage on our coast:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gullahgeechee/2017/08/14/reconstruction-gullahgeechee-coast-land-legacy-and-justice-environmentally

www.gullahgeechee.net

www.gullahgeecheenation.com

 

Port Royal Proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2017

August 12, 2017

Queen Quet and Mayor Samuel Murray at Port Royal, SC

Mayor Samuel Murray and the town council of the Town of Port Royal presented Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) with a proclamation for “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2017” during their town hall meeting.  Tune in to the Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) coverage of the event:

 

www.gullahgeecheenation.com

Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week to be Celebrated Throughout the Coast

July 20, 2017
 
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“Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” began in 2012 in the City of Charleston, SC.  Since then, the celebration has grown to encompass the counties and townships of the Gullah/Geechee Nation in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida.  This year, the theme of the celebration is “Fa We Ancestas.”  The Gullah/Geechee Nation is proud that this week is part of the global activities for the “United Nations International Decade of People of African Descent.”  The “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” launch celebration for the week will take place at Island Breeze on historic Mosquito Beach in Charleston, SC (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-famlee-day-at-mosquito-beach-2017-tickets-33510881) and thereafter, those that are interested in learning about and supporting the continuing historical legacy of the Gullah/Geechee Nation can attend:
• the ribbon cutting on Sunday, July 30th from 1 to 5 pm at the Heyward House in Bluffton, SC where enslavement cabins and big house built by Gullah/Geechee has been restored.  While in the town, people should journey over to the Garvin-Garvey House to learn about this historic Gullah/Geechee family home that continues to stand proudly along the May River.
• the “American Gullah” exhibition at the landmark St. Helena Branch Library during the entire week of celebration.  They will be able to discuss the journey of these works at an artist talk with the creator of this powerful collection, Sonja Griffin Evans on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm to conclude the performances and workshops at the library as part of the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” (www.GullahGeechee.info).
•  August 1st and 2nd people are encouraged to take authentic Gullah/Geechee tours operated by natives of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  For details on the tour companies that are participating, email GullGeeCo@aol.com or go to www.gullahgeechee.us.
Thursday, August 3rd is “Queen Quet Day” in Brunswick, GA!  Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) request the presents of everyone at the Glynn County Council meeting wherein they will present their “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week Proclamation” as a gift on her day.
August 4-6, 2016 the entire “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” will culminate with the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” on historic St. Helena Island, SC.  The celebration begins with De Gullah Root Experience Tour (www.gullahgeechee.net) at Noon.  Those arriving that evening will be part of a welcoming “Party with a Purpose Juke Joint Jam at MJ’s Soul Food” on Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena Island, SC.
Saturday, August 5th from Noon to 6 pm is “Gullah/Geechee Reunion Day” at the landmark St. Helena Branch Library and the St. Helena Island Community Market.
Sunday, August 6th participants in the celebration are encouraged to worship at a spiritual center in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and then at 3 pm to gather at Hunting Island, SC for a massive drumming and ancestral tribute.
Throughout the course of the entire week, people should stop and sign in at the “Gullah/Geechee Visitors Center” in Beaufort, SC. When they shop there, they will receive Gullah/Geechee dollars that they can present to Queen Quet whenever they see her during that week.
If you want to find out more details or keep up with the week of festivities, follow www.gullahgeecheenation.com“Gullah/Geechee Nation” on Facebook and @GullahGeechee on Twitter and Instagram.  Go to this link for weekend passes for the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” events:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-nation-international-music-movement-festival-2017-tickets-30573330655?aff=es2
Make sure to bring drums, tambourines, and chairs to the activities!
 
Jayn we and bring de famlee!  #GullahGeechee
Webe Gullah/Geechee Anointed Peepol!

Lun mo bout who webe

Queen Quet & De Gullah/Geechee Standin Strong fa We Ancestas

July 3, 2017
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Queen Quet has been the elected head-of-state and Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) for 17 years as of July 2, 2017.  She has been standing up for the rights of Gullah/Geechee people for over three decades.  Whenever asked about this, she will let you know that she stands due to her faith and the strength of her ancestors.  Thus, she has effectively led a number of endeavors that have led to global recognition of Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage.   The annual event that she co-founded to celebrate this rich heritage while also supporting the businesses and institutions of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” which will be held on her home island-historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation August 4-6, 2017.
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When Queen Quet was enstooled on July 2, 2000, thousands of people from throughout the Sea Islands and around the world gathered at Sullivan’s Island, SC.  Sullivan’s Island is where more than 40% of all Africans enslaved in North America came through.  On that historic day of the enstoolment, drums were sounded at this island bringing in a new era of existence of people of African descent on the Sea Islands and throughout the Lowcountry.   For several years, Queen Quet and the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders continued to return for the “Gullah/Geechee Reunion” at Sullivan’s Island.  However, for the past twelve years, they have hosted “Gullah/Geechee Reunion Day” on the Saturday of the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” no matter where the event was located for that year.  The event goes to different area of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the African Diaspora each year.
This year, the drums are being called in from around the world in celebration with Queen Quet and the citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation as they celebrate “Fa We Ancestas” as the theme for this year.  On Sunday, August 6, 2017, there will be a massive ancestral ceremony and drumming at the Atlantic Ocean at Hunting Island, SC to close out not only the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™,” but also “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.”  “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” will be launched at historic Mosquito Beach just down the Intercoastal waterway from Sullivan’s Island on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Noon.  (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-famlee-day-at-mosquito-beach-2017-tickets-33510881950)
Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day at Mosquito Beach 2017
Queen Quet is calling the entire Gullah/Geechee Famlee and all those that support keeping Gullah/Geechee traditions alive to come together and support these events.
The entire celebration of events under the theme “Fa We Ancestas” will raise funds and awareness.  Many people are unaware of how Gullah/Geechees changed the landscape of North America through their intellectual and physical abilities.  Many are also not aware of how extremely important it is for Gullah/Geechees to remained linked to their homeland.  To insure this, the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund” (https://www.gofundme.com/gullahgeechee-land-legacy-fund) was launched last December and will be supported via the “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” events.   The “Gullah/Geechee Collection” for the landmark St. Helena Branch Library and De Gullah/Geechee Alkebulan Archive which is the ONLY archive in the world totally dedicated to Gullah/Geechee history, heritage, and culture will also be beneficiaries of the funds raised.  De Gullah/Geechee Alkebulan Archive was founded due to Queen Quet’s leadership of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net) which is celebrating its 20th year in existence.
The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition sponsors the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ along with All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™), the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network, the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida, and the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association.  This year, they are being joined in leading this outstanding celebration by the St. Helena Island Community Market which is where people will engage with Gullah/Geechee craft artists and featured artists of the year, “Sonja Griffin Evans” whose “American Gullah” collection will be on display at the St. Helena Branch Library for “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.”  Ms. Evans will do an artist talk at the library during the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™.”
As Queen Quet says,

“Ef hunnuh ain got a drum, hunnuh got time fa mek or buy one!  

Cum ta de islands een de sea and drum wid we fa we ancestas!”

 
For more information about the celebration, go to www.gullahgeechee.infowww.gullahgeecheenation.com or email GullGeeCo@aol.com.