October is Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month

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This year’s Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month celebration seeks to educate the community about the Gullah/Geechee history, heritage, language and culture at two upcoming events in the Beaufort area.

A special screening of the documentary “Protect: Coastlines, Guns and Women in the Low Country” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the St. Helena Branch Library on St. Helena Island. “Protect” is a pilot episode of a series that highlights stories in local communities around issues of sustainability. These features are produced using film, photography and editorials to examine the challenges around meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the U.S. The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, to protect the planet and to ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The Gullah/Geechee Nation is engaged with other nations of the world in ensuring that the SDGs are accomplished.

Two Lane Films decided to interview Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, and several of the citizens of Savannah and other areas of coastal Georgia regarding their views on a number of topics related to their land and culture. The documentary was partially filmed on St. Helena Island. 

Admission is free, but advance passes need to be obtained at: eventbrite.com/e/protect-documentary-screening-tickets-49388381980?aff=ebapi

The Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Hunting Island Nature Center.

The fifth annual event, hosted by the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association, will raise funds and awareness. Bring out the family, fishing and beach gear to the Hunting Island Nature Center for an interactive celebration filled with music, food, and fun. Queen Quet will be at the family-oriented event along with artists Quadré Stuckey and Ment Nelson. Advance passes are available at: eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-seafood-festival-2018-tickets-41539032364

For more information about the celebration, email GullGeeCo@aol.com.

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