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Field LNG 406 10 March 2011 Remembering Ancestry The ancient oak undulates across the mantle. The dark wood reflects the m dim light as if it were recently polished. There are no visible imperfections other than slight discolorations from use. The craftsmanship is completely dis similar to anything manufactured today. The light weight design gives a fragile feel to the artifact. The dull iron tip at the bottom shows wear from use. At the opposite end the small knob of the handle gently curves to form grip that c an be held tightly. This cane is nearly one and a half centuries old. This ancient relic intrigues me because of its old age and outstanding craftsmanship. I think that it is imp ortant that such an artifact should be passed down to future generations because of the history behind it. It has great historical significance to me. While I did not know any of my ancestors that used it, I do know some of the stories as sociated with the item. It was carved by my great-great-great-great-grandfather soon after the Civil War. Both he and his son were active participants in the war; they both fought for the Union Army. He carved it to assist with an injury which he received during the war that inhibited walking. After his death, the cane went on to be used by his son, my great-great-great-grandfather, and later his grandson, my great-great-grandfather. Since then the cane has continued to be passed on to the oldest living generation. Though it can no longer be used f or its original purpose, it has great history and is an artistic piece. If this cane could talk it would have infinite stories to tell. The cane serves as an item of remembrance of my ancestry; something that can connect me to my roots. When I look at the cane it instills a respectful feeling within me. It causes m e to remember my relatives that I have known and why they are so important to me . It is almost as if going to a graveyard and seeing a tombstone, but instead o f standing for one person, it represents generation after generation that has co me and gone. When I see it I can almost hear the small iron tip at the bottom o f the cane gently strike the ground as someone walks across a room. Just its pr esence brings about a somber and respectful air. This remembrance allows for cu ltural aspects to pass from generation to generation as well. I think that is very important that this is passed on to future generations so t hat history can continue to be told. By passing the cane on, stories can contin ue to be told of our ancestors. Passing on history is very important to me. By knowing oneâ s ancestry, information about culture can be passed on to future genera tions. This passing of culture can keep traditions alive and allows individuals to connect with their heritage.