Jamaica’s National DishCulture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs. Generations throughout my family some traditions have been passed down without the intention to. Food was apart of the culture. My grandparents passed down cooking as one of the many historical conventions to my mother which I inherited. Jamaica’s national dish, ackee and saltfish, my grandmother taught my mother how to cook it. I attempted it did not taste the traditional way. It is important to share so people can know my history and to educate others about my culture. They could explore and pass on information. People may want to see how ackee and saltfish is made and learn more about the culture. People could connect their similarities and differences with each other. Culture is important because it fosters a sense of belonging, contributes to quality of life, and help us to relate to each other. Individually, it contributes to our health, wellness and esteem and collectively it adds to our capital and economic prosperity. Awareness of our own culture is important, because it can keep us from projecting our values onto others. This can happen when we are unaware of the values that drives us and unable to distinguish them from those held by other cultures. It is the foundation of my story because it is apart of me. It defines me. Foundational because anyone who is interested could trace back to my ancestors milestones.
– Deshauna N.