Heritage is defined as something that is or can be inherited; such as in culture, tradition, or it can be something of importance handed down.
Walker uses the quilts to represent the “creative legacy that African Americans have inherited from their maternal ancestor” and show the “value of the quilt in the Afro-American experience” (Whitsitt).
By Mama seeing the value in Maggie, she also sees the value in herself.
In the short story, the main symbol of heritage is the quilt that is made from different members of the family and different tokens of material were used to piece the quilt itself.
Although, her mother tries to explain how she got her name, she felt like it was not important at all.
Even when her husband replies, “Well, there you are”, Dee then snickers off in a not so polite tone, “There I was not, before ‘Dicie’ cropped in our family, so why should I try to trace it that far back? Dee is shown as “shallow, condescending, and manipulative, and concerned with style, fashion, and aesthetics, and lacks a true understanding of her heritage” (Farrell 179).Mama Johnson is an uneducated, “large, big-boned woman with rough, man-working hands” (Walker 109).In the story, Mama Johnson has not lived an easy life and describes how she works like a man.By Maggie putting the quilts to “everyday use”, she is honoring her heritage in everyday life.Maggie can see when Dee is very upset she finally says, “She can have them, Mama, I can ‘member Grandma Dee without the quilts” (Walker 113).You can view samples of our professional work here.Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of UK Essays.She also loves and respects her heritage and ancestors from the past.She is a spiritual woman that goes to church and sing church songs.In times still today, children born have names that are after family members in the past into generations to come.The reason is because of past tradition and history.