Observation shows mama recognizing that her heritage

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observation shows Mama recognizing that her heritage lies in using homemade objects, such as the butter churn to make butter. The acknowledgment of the practical side of her culture is shown when she talks of the quilts. Dee says Maggie would be “‘backward enough to put them to everyday use,’” (469) and Mama responds with, “’God knows I been saving ‘em for long enough with nobody using ‘em’” (Walker 469). Mama is saving the quilts for Maggie to use because she
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Key 2 appreciates her culture by putting family heirlooms to the everyday use for which they were intended. Mama’s appreciation of her culture can also be seen through Maggie. Next, Maggie embodies her culture through her memories. Maggie remembers the history of the butter churn and the nickname of who made it. Maggie tells Dee, “’Aunt Dee’s first husband whittled the dash, […] His name was Henry, but they called him Stash’” (Walker 468). This shows how rich Maggie’s heritage runs because she recalls exactly who made the churn, while Dee just sees it as a quaint decoration. Maggie is a living embodiment of her heritage with
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  • Spring '14
  • AndreaJ.Porter
  • Everyday Use, Mama, Grandma Dee

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