Posts Tagged ‘St. Helena Branch Library’

January 4, 2018
Queen Quet's Gullah/Geechee Snowman

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) built this snowman in the midst of the Sea Island Snow Storm 2018.

Well, 2018 has started off as a winter wonderland throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  Folks were posting images and videos of snow in their yards and on their homes and cars as well as icicles on the trees from Florida to the Carolinas.   The storm which under went bombogenesis left the Sea Islands covered in white and then continued northward where many of the members of our Gullah/Geechee Diaspora are located.

Over the past several years, the Gullah/Geechee family has watched The Weather Channel and posted on social media while in prayer for each other due to hurricanes, flooding, and winter storms.   This was no different yesterday and today as we watched a storm that is being called a “bomb cyclone” make its way up the entire eastern seaboard of North America.

Before the storm left the Gullah/Geechee Nation it left behind not only snowmen, cold, ice, and many memories, but also the following heights of snowfall:

  • Summerville: 7.3 inches
  • Moncks Corner: 6.5 inches
  • Ridgeland: 6.0 inches
  • Charleston Airport: 5.3 inches
  • Goose Creek: 5.3 inches
  • Ladson: 4.8 inches
  • St. Helena Island, SC 4.5 inches
  • Hilton Head Island: 4.5 inches
  • Bluffton: 4.0 inches
  • Yemassee: 4.0 inches
Winter Storm Grayson has brought flashbacks to those of us that remember the huge snow storm of 1989 during which we made snowmen and took pictures of this novelty.  It was rare to see snow on the Sea Islands.  However, between then and now, my family and I have gathered a bit of the flurries and made miniature snowmen at least one time since then.   Although that part is a fun activity for family and expands creativity, the trees being weighed down by ice that break are just as with the trees that break during hurricane winds are not fun.  So, once again, we have to be prepared for more than snow days off from work and away from school.  We have to stay ready for emergencies brought on by the impacts of the changing climate in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
The Weather Channel helped us capture why it is important to the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition to focus on educating the community about how important it is to recognize climate change and to be prepared for storms and storm related emergencies and recovery:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/240678169?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

A Vanishing Culture, A Vanishing Land from Weather Films on Vimeo.

https://gullahgeecheenation.com/2017/11/14/sea-level-rise-in-the-gullah-geechee-nation-featured-on-the-weather-channel/
We believe in being proactive.  Therefore, we are hosting two events that will allow Gullah/Geechee families to better prepare for and recover from storms and storm related emergencies.  Both events will be held at the St. Helena Branch Library on historic St. Helena Island, SC and both require advance registration:

Gullah/Geechee Preparing for Storms and Emergencies Workshop

The Gullah/Geechee Preparing for Storms and Emergencies Workshop will be an evening workshop specifically designed for Gullah/Geechee families to assist them with recognizing various aspects of climate change and how these impact the continuation of their cultural heritage and ability to remain on their land.   Participants will learn how to prepare an emergency kit and be provided with necessary mechanisms for contacts in preparation for, during, and after a storm.  The event is FREE.  Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-preparing-for-storms-and-emergencies-workshop-tickets-41537658254

Coastal Cultures Conference 2018-Emergency Preparedness and Cultural Continuation in Coastal Communities

Coastal Cultures Conference 2018
The 6th Annual “Coastal Cultures Conference” will also focus on emergency preparedness and cultural continuation in coastal communities and is open to people from around the world.   The event includes a Gullah/Geechee meal and interactive activities done by the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association members.   Take home materials will be provided to all attendees.  Each year participants also engage in a field opportunity on the island.   Pre-registration is required at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coastal-cultures-conference-2018-emergency-preparedness-and-cultural-continuation-in-coastal-tickets-41538499771
All this snow and cold has many people already wishing it was summer time, but before we get there, we need to prepare.  So, we hope hunnuh gwine jayn we cuz de climate sho da change pun dees ya islandts ob de #GullahGeehee!

 

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com)
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Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week to be Celebrated Throughout the Coast

July 20, 2017
 
Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week
 
“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

Black Music Month on Historic St. Helena Island Launches with the Sea Island Sounds Celebration

May 25, 2017
Sea Island Sounds at St. Helena Market
June is “Black Music Month.”  This annual celebration in the Gullah/Geechee Nation will begin at the St. Helena Island Community Market with the “Sea Island Sounds Celebration” on Saturday, June 3, 2017 featuring songstresses, Mahoganee and GwenYvette.  Both of these dynamic singers will be releasing new songs and the audience at the celebration will be the first to hear them at the Dr. Martin Luther King Park on historic St. Helena Island on that day.  The event begins at 10 am and ends at 3 pm.
Due to the fact that the “Sea Island Sounds Celebration” will take place at the same time that Gullah/Geechees Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nationcommemorate the Combahee River Raid that was led by Harriet Tubman, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation will also do a Spirituals presentation to honor Mother Moses and the creation of these songs on the Sea Islands.  The Spirituals are the official music of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the state of South Carolina.
 
DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions
Throughout the celebration DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™) will also spin a variety of music by Gullah/Geechee artists that people may not be aware were natives of the area.  There will be an exhibition curated from De Gullah/Geechee Alkbulan Archive about these artists that will also be on display at the landmark St. Helena Branch Library throughout the month.  Many may want to view it when the new “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club” showings take place there on Saturday, June 24th.  The Noon film will be “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” which highlights Gullah/Geechee Hall of Famer, James Jamison of the “Funk Brothers” and the 2:30 pm film will be “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War” which Queen Quet appeared in and sang for.
 
The Sea Island Sounds Celebration and the “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club” showings in celebration of Black Music Month are all FREE and open to the public.  CDs, books, DVDs, craft items, and Gullah/Geechee food will be on sale at the Sea Island Sounds Celebration.  
 
For more information, email GullGeeCo@aol.com, go to www.gullahgeecheenation.com or follow @GullahGeechee on Twitter and Instagram.
 
Advance passes can be obtained from:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sea-island-sounds-celebration-at-st-helena-community-market-tickets-33637151626?aff=erelexpmlt
 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-tv-movie-club-standing-in-the-shadows-of-motown-and-reconstruction-tickets-34806692755?aff=erelexpmlt

The advance passes will be used for prize drawings during the events.

 
Bring chairs and put on your dancing shoes for this celebration of
Black music!

Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club Launches with “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War”

March 22, 2017

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition will continue its “Gullah/Geechee Living History” series with a series of movies at the St. Helena Branch Library on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  The entire community is invited to come out to be a part of the new “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club.”   Each showing will involve dialogues and links to additional educational resources for each film or TV broadcast.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

The “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club” will begin on Saturday, May 20th with Part 1 of the documentary, “Reconstruction: The Second Civil Warwhich will be introduced by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) who appeared in and consulted for the documentary which aired on PBS when it was first released.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

Given that Beaufort County is now part of the new multi-site “Reconstruction Era National Monument,” this film showing will be a wonderful continuation of the celebration of this historic designation!

For more information email GullGeeCo@aol.com.

Come celebrate the Gullah/Geechee historical legacy at the

“Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club!”  

Hunnuh gwine yeddi plenee bout webe!

Gittin Ready fa de Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion Workshop

December 30, 2016

De Gullah/Geechee Angel Network
&
De Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition present

“Gittin Ready fa de Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion:
An Interactive Family Collections Digitization and Protection Workshop”

Saturday, March 25, 2017
10 am to 5 pm

St. Helena Branch Library
Historic St. Helena Island, SC

in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

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This FREE workshop sponsored by the SC Humanities Council requires pre-registration and a commitment to the entire day.

Sessions will include:

• Registration and Opening Discussion of the Value of Cultural Heritage Resources by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com)

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• Valuing and Creating Family Archives by St. Helena Branch Library Head Librarian Maria Benac

• Interactive Session on Scrapbooking versus Archiving led by Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition Archive Trainees

• Lunch with a Gullah/Geechee Documentary Showing

• Discussion on the challenges and opportunities faced by the living culture with Dr. Amir Jamal Toure of Savannah State University and Dr. Najmah Thomas of the University of South Carolina


• Let’s Get Ready for the Family Reunion” Interactive Digitization Session led by the Queen Quet

• Graduation

For more information contact the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition at GullGeeCo@aol.com.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gittin-ready-fa-de-gullahgeechee-family-reunion-an-interactive-family-collections-workshop-tickets-30575561327

Cum jayn we and git de famlee readee!