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February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Awakening of the Ancestors

  • Faith Based

Awakening of the Ancestors, one of the International African American Museum’s most beloved signature programs, provides opportunities for learning about unique styles, meaning, history and purpose of spirituals and other ancestral songs of the Gullah Geechee people. This hybrid event will allow audiences to experience songs that were sung by African ancestors that continue to inspire worship and activism today throughout the Gullah Geechee Corridor, around the U.S. and the world.  Guest speakers will not only demonstrate various musical styles, but will also share information on the historical, cultural and linguistic contexts of melodies, rhythms, lyrics and movements that can sometimes be traced back to specific regions in Africa.

A 60-minute participatory performance of Gullah Geechee songs and stories showcasing heritage, resilience, tenacity, faith, and creativity by Ron and Natalie Daise followed by a 30-minute interactive facilitation by Sara Makeba Daise to engage the audience in understanding how the past, present, and future of Gullah Geechee people are aligned for greatness, legacy, and the embodiment of Sankofa.

Performance: “Dream Weaving, Gullah Geechee Stories and Songs”

Created and performed by Ron and Natalie Daise, who hosted the popular Nick Jr. series Gullah Gullah Island, the production is a spellbinding presentation of the customs, beliefs, folkways, language, and heritage of the Gullah people. It intricately blends stories and songs from their nearly 40-year performance repertoire. The dreams, joys, and spirit of Gullah Geechee people are woven with humor, harmony, and humanity. As impeccable as an artistically sewn sweetgrass basket, Dream Weaving offers a perspective and energy that is captivating and treasured!

Partnered with the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.

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