My object is a güira. It was made in the Dominican Republic. It is used to make music, and is made by hand. The güira is very important in my family; we remember our ancestors when we listen to the güira. My grandfather and grandmother gave me a güira when I was a child. I learned to play the güira with my cousin. He let me practice sometimes, and spoke about the güira. Today, my whole family likes the güira. My uncle goes to different family members’ houses on the weekend, and he practices with the children. They dance when my uncle plays the güira. In my grandfather’s house every year, we have a big party. The whole family goes to the party. They like to celebrate together.
– Franklyn Bautista