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Gambia Project 2014 Blog

                                                                                                      


Today we went over Dr. Fulton's nephew's home, Sheriff, for lunch. The food was great but we ate differently than we do back home. Here they eat like you would eat Moroccan food except everyone has their own utensil and you eat on the floor. Because I have eaten Moroccan food before and I am familiar having a communal dish I was comfortable with the situation. However what stood out to me was the fact that in close quarters conversation is easier to engage in.
From stories that I have heard from my friends about meal times, their families do not come together to eat like I do or like the locals of Gambia do. I do not necessarily t...hink this is a big problem but it is a tradition that has slowly disappeared over the years. Talking at dinner, or any other meal time, allows you to interact with your family, build a stronger bond, and get things off your chest. In many other countries this is a normality for their culture but we Americans have been detached far too long.
Referring back to my post on Word Of Mouth, breaking bread as a family allows traditions, knowledge, stories, and other valuable things to be passed down through generations. When altogether, a family does not have to wait to say something to each other they can just say it right there. This is how the history of our people was passed down and as this tradition dwindles away the history of our people is in danger of leaving with it.
My goal is to continue the tradition of eating together in my family so the tradition can be preserved for years to come. Preservation is a lot more important than we realize, it keeps our people and our place in the world relevant.

Taje Oliver
Kemet Gambia Team