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Holdin pun Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy ! The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition ( has sponsored the annual tour for Queen Quet & De Gullah Cunneckshun since the organization began in 1996. It started out themed the “Save the Sea Islands Tour” and since then the theme for each year has changed based on God’s direction. January 2014 was the official launch of the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy World Tour” which has not only taken Queen Quet & De Gullah Cunneckshun to numerous venues, but which has also reignited the support of numerous people from the international community in our work to advocate for the human and land rights of the Gullah/ Geechees. Een disya fuss edition ob de Conch fa 2014, hunnuh gwine yeddi bout wha dun dun an how hunnuh kin hep we fa keep we Gullah/Geechee land and legasee!

Angel Oak is Saved!!! 
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Queen Quet & De Gullah Cunneckshun on Tour
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Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank Continues Progress
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The Gathering at Geechee Kunda
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$6.8 Million Dollar Collaboration Saves the Angel Oak on Johns Island!!! Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( was presented with a plaque of the proclamation for the Angel Oak Preserve by the Lowcountry Open Land Trust.


The Angel Oak Preserve will now stand as protected sacred ground on which all that come to the Gullah/Geechee Nation will be able to feel the energy of the angels that have flown and landed there for the ages that Gullah/Geechees have been on Johns Island, SC. Elizabeth of the LOLT presented Queen Quet with a plaque for her work

in helping with the collaboration that led to over 10,000 contributions totaling $6.8 million dollars which was used to purchase the land for the Angel Oak Preserve.

designing the educational kiosk that will occupy the Angel Oak Preserve property. Tenk Gawd fa de Angels!

The work on this project has only just begun. The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is still actively partnering with the LOLT to begin the process of

To d o n a t e t o t h e Lowcountry Open Land Trust, go to Donations can still be sent specifically for the Angel Oak Preserve.


Gullah/Geechee SEA & ME Supported by Highlander! Gullah/Geechee Saving Environmental Actions & Marine Environment Program which Queen Quet started with support from Toyota TogetherGreen & Audubon funding has been able to continue environmental justice trainings in the Gullah/ Geechee Nation with support from the Highlander Research and Education Center. The Gullah/ Geechee Sea Island Coalition appreciates the partnership as we stand for justice.


Gearing Up for Gullah/Geechee Nation Night at The Joe! Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Representative Hadis, and Elder Carlie Towne, Minister of Information for the Gullah/ Geechee Nation were on hand to help launch the 2014 season of the Charleston RiverDogs at

The Charleston RiverDogs have continued their partnership with the Gullah/Geechee Nation by supporting the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network (www.gullahgeecheeang which is the official 501(c)3 of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

! Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank continues to work on environmental sustainability, seafood safety and human health.

$1 from every ticket purchased at will be given to the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network during Gullah/ Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2014!

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The Joe in Charleston. Ebun de mascot an ting bin gladdee fa dey dey! Bring de famlle fa jayn we!

Coastal Cultures Conference 2014 Gullah/Geechee Nation leaders came together with supporters from throughout the Gullah/ Geechee Nation as well as from as far away as Virginia and California to connect around the history of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and current efforts to continue the traditions on the Sea Islands for generations to come.

Tiumet quamus cum,

The Gathering at Geechee Kunda brought together the past and the present and led the Gullah/Geechee Nation family united into the future. The rain that fell that weekend only served as a libation to the ancestors of the Gullah/Geechees. Folks came from the Carolinas and Georgia to unite at the family compound in Riceboro, Georgia in the Gullah/ Geechee Nation and e bin a shoutin time!


Tune in to the Gullah/ Geechee TV coverage: watch?v=3OK0xQIewLU

De fuss Gullah/ Geechee Weekend in GA bin drum Geeechee Kunda to Beach Institute. Dr. Amir Jamal Toure and artist Richard Law presented on the Gullah/Geechee story in Savannah, GA and the Coastal Empire.

Gullah Festival 2014 The Technical College of the Lowcountry which was formerly “Mather School� was the site of the reconnection of the indigenous nations that reside in the Gullah/Geechee Nation during the 2014 Gullah Festival. The drum also called family from Sierra Leone and South Africa to the celebration once again. Tenk Gawd fa de famlee geddrin!

Geddrin roung de drum

Links to Gullah/Geechee Living Culture


Gullah/Geechee Nation Headquarters or


Gullah/Geechee Nation on Instagram


Gullah/Geechee Angel Network


Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition


Gullah/Geechee TV™ (GGTV)


Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio


Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association


Gullah/Geechee Nation Facebook Fan Page


Gullah/Geechee Folks on Twitter

10. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee 11. Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ 12. Gullah/Geechee Doula Association 13. Gullah/Geechee Nation on Pinterest



The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is the premiere organization on the protection and continuation of the Gullah/Geechee history, heritage, and culture. The Gullah/ Geechee Sea Island Coalition: •

advocates for the protection of the human and land rights of Gullah/Geechee

promotes and participates in the continuation of Gullah/Geechee history, heritage, culture, and language.



works toward Sea Island land re-acquisition and maintenance. celebrates Gullah/Geechee culture through artistic and educational means electronically and via "grassroots scholarship."

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has successfully carried out this mission since 1996. During which time, they developed the ONLY archive in the world which is TOTALLY dedicated to Gullah/Geechee history, heritage, and culture. The Gullah/ Geechee Alekbulan Archive is being upgraded in order to continue to provide access to artifacts, images, documents, books, films, and recordings to future generations of Gullah/Geechees and global researchers. The Coalition host hundreds of students and professional writers each year and it also supports native Gullah/Geechee speakers and presenters traveling to other parts of the world to make sure that accurate presentations on our culture are done in a varied array of venues.


We are calling on all supporters of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition to become dues paying members and to contribute to the “Gullah/Geechee Gold Souls Campaign.” The funds will assist with the completion of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition Center and our land fund. Please use the form at the end of this ezine or go to in order to financially contribute to the fundraising efforts that are currently under way which will finalize the second phase of the building.

! The “wish list:” !

• Mac Compatible 1T-4T External Drives • Acid free archival boxes and poster holder • Apple server


For details on how you can host a fundraising event, contribute in any or in all of these ways, please email Disya bout geeing frum de soul fa mek sho de richness stay een wi black gold!

Hep Mo Angel fa Fly! Support De Gullah/Geechee Angel Network!

! The mission of the official 501(c)3, non-profit of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network is To preserve, protect and promote the cultural heritage of the Gullah Geechee People who have lived in the southeastern portion of the United States of America from North Carolina to Jacksonville Florida 30 miles inland (known as the "Low Country") for over 300 years. To connect all people, not just in the 50 states, but internationally throughout the Diaspora, Europe, Caribbean and Africa. Goals and Objectives are achieved by the implementation of the following seven (7) point program: The Performing Arts: Musical plays, dramatizations, poetry, storytelling, enactments and workshops Arts and Crafts: Workshops in the production and displaying of traditional Gullah/Geechee cultural items. Demonstrative workshops that encourage the development of functional skills and forms of expression to potentially showcase and stimulate direct participation in the growing ethnic tourism industry, festivals and cultural events. Educational: The establishment of Cultural Learning Centers designed to foster motivation, achievement and cultural enrichment. Historical/Research excursions from the tip of North Carolina (Cape Fear) to the outlining areas of Jacksonville, Florida. Scholarships and Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award programs and events recognizing those persons who have given selflessly of themselves, and have done considerable work for the benefits of their particular community as it relates to cultural preservation. Awarding Scholarships to youth who exhibit talent, and are oriented toward developing skills which foster Gullah/Geechee Culture. The Internet and The Media: Networking with organizations, institutions and groups which focus on Gullah/ Geechee Culture. Consistently present positive role models and activities to the low country in particular, and to in the Diaspora in general. Production, Preservation and Documentation: Production and archiving of Gullah/Geechee video and audio recordings, books, symbols and banners. Radio, television and computer production programming. Health and Nutrition Awareness: Forums and symposiums which explore lifestyles, food staples, food cultivation and preparation of Gullah/Geechee cuisine, as well as developing holistic programs to promote well being. Gret Camp Meetin Centa! The Gullah/Geechee International Camp Meeting Center & Yenna House will host a number of activities and people from around the world and educate people on the living traditions of that exist throughout the Gullah/ Geechee Nation. The next major fundraiser for the project will be the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ For more details on fundraisers, tours, assisting with the project, or contributing, call (843) 572-6788 or go to .

Queen Quet & ! De Gullah Cunneckshun ctoured the southeast during the first leg of the Gullah/ Geechee Land & Legacy World Tour! Tenki Tenki ta all wha dun gee fa hep wi! Donations can still be made at!!


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De Conch Fuss Paat 2014 Edition  

De Conch is the official international ezine of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. This special edition is an update on the progress of the Gullah/...