Kenyan Bracelet

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Relationship: Im/migrant
My Kenyan bracelet  worn for 5+ years
My Kenyan bracelet worn for 5+ years

The object that I chose is my Kenyan bracelet. This object is significant to me specifically, but as well to my family because it is known to be very important in our culture. In Kenya, this bracelet is very important, it's almost as though if you own this bracelet, you're not Kenyan. Although it’s a small and simple beaded bracelet, it reminds me of my background, my home, my relatives, the food, the music, the weather, everything. The last time I visited Kenya was in 2018. While there, my grandmother gave us a small wooden box with many of these bracelets inside. I picked the smallest one that had “Kenya” written on it with small white beads, and green, red and black beads to represent the flag colors, and squeezed my hand in. Ever since then I’ve never taken it off: five years and I still have it on, plus four more I've added on. Both my mother and father were one of the first in their family to move to America and start a new life here. Although it has given us endless opportunities, some days it can be saddening that we live miles and miles away from the majority of our cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Therefore, this bracelet acts as a way to bring us all together, even when we're far away. This is what highlights the significance of my Kenyan bracelet.

Place(s): Kenya
Year: 2004

– MK

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant