A Frais Thought: Most Americans have heard the US referred to as the “Great American melting pot”. With the thousands of ingredients in our “one nation”, it can be easy to lose your sense of culture in he mix.
In some cases, a persons sense of individuality can even be at risk within their own culture. Especially when the western world has far more flashing lights then the 3rd world country most Parents or Grandparents grew up in.
In human geography there is a term called Distance Decay, it explains that the farther you are from your family’s country of origin, the harder the culture is to maintain. Think about how many Little Havanas there are in Wisconsin.
My point is this, keeping your culture intact goes hand in hand in expressing yourself. Embracing where you “came” from, with what you “come” from can breath new life in everything you do.
A perfect example in this case is the the wonderful detail of wooden and beaded bracelets.
I’ve fallen in love with this accessory .It adds that earthy, tribal feel to a fit. After some research I’ve found that African tribes used to use bracelets like these to distinguish royalty from the common man.
Granted, anyone can pick up a pack of these beads and make one themselves, (like I did) but the history behind the tradition speaks volumes!
Especially when people consistantly ask me “Where did you get that”?
My response, “I got it from my culture”.