In Charleston this weekend is a festival that aims to help solidify the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The culture the group represents are noted for "preserving more of their African linguistic and cultural heritage than any other African American community in the United States," according to Wikipedia.
The Post and Courier has a write-up about the even and what it means. A taste:
When many people think about the Gullah/Geechee culture, sweetgrass baskets come to mind, Marquetta Goodwine, Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, says.
But she wants everyone to know that it's a living culture. "We have been here and we're going nowhere," she said.
The Post and Courier also has a video from the festival.
The three-day Gullah/Geeche Nation International Music & Movement Festival has it's final day today with events from noon to 7 p.m. at the Charleston Maritime Center (map). You can get a detailed itinerary at the festival's Web site.
The cost is around $7 for most events.