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Re: Temne/Mende; Sierra Leone
In Response To: Re: Mende, Temne, Kru ancestry ()

Subsequent to my most recent Aha moment, I began a cursory web search to discover anything and everything I could regarding my newfound Matrilineal Ancestral Home. Much to my disappointment, I stumbled upon the incumbent travel plans of a delegation of African-americans that were on their way to Sierra Leone as part of a multidisciplinary international project entitled 'Priscilla's Homecomming'. I mention my dissapointment because, although my work/school schedule would've afforded me the free time to travel, I didn't discover the project until the ninth hour, and as such, the logistics of accomodating one more participant, just weren't feasable. Nevertheless, my e-mails and phone calls produced a bountiful harvest of contacts, resources and just information in general with regards to Sierra leone, some of which i'd like to share with all of you here. Two films that I highly reccomend are: "Family Across the Sea," which chronicles the visit of a group of Gullah people to Sierra Leone in 1989. The next very touching film is called " The Language You Cry in," It's about a Gullah family in coastal Georgia that has preserved a song in the Mende language for the past 200 years, and THAT family's visit to Sierra Leone in 1997. Both of these films are available through www.newsreel.org and the Penn Center book shop, a Gullah Community center in South Carolina. The number to the Penn Center is 843-838-3432. Regarding this years event, check out http://www.yale.edu/glc/priscilla. Also on the Official Sierra Leone Government website there's the following link. http://www.statehouse-sl.org/pris-homecom-may30.html OH yeah, I almost forgot.. The university of South Florida did a wonderful job chronicling(?)a day by day account of this years homecomming at.... http://www.africanaheritage.com/priscilla/index.asp
I've got a few more tidbits to share... but I'm a little tired typing, so.. that's it for now...
so... until the next time.. I'm jus gawn be wishing all of y'all and abundance of all good things.
Ayete


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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