My great grandma,Joanne Crawford is Irish,African American,Native American(Blackfoot Indian and Cherokee).My grandpa,Irving Jones is African American,and Native American (Cherokee).An object that is important to my family is an Dream-catcher. That is important to my culture because we are very confident about our Native side.A dream-catcher is a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams. Dream-catchers started to get popular in other Native American tribes, even those in disparate places like the Cherokee, Lakota, and Navajo. Dream-catchers protect sleeping people, usually children, from bad dreams and nightmares. Dream-catchers are important to my family because it is important to our heritage,and my family believes in anything that is important to our culture. Dream-catchers are a symbol of the Native American culture,my Grandpa and My Great Grandma always said that learning about where we came from is important to our family and that they wants us to pass that down.We use the dream catcher as a symbol for our identity and our cultural beliefs.So we use Dream-catchers as a way to promote our culture. I like the feeling knowing that I have a Dream-catcher near by me when I’m at my grandma's house,when I have a Dream-catcher near me I feel like it’s apart of my grandma. 

Place(s): America
Year: 1957

– Za'nya J.

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more