What is the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word ancestor? Does it arouse memories of a grandparent, or perhaps of a familial image much more in the distant and forgotten past? For most of us living in the modern and dominant culture, we rarely hear much about the significance of our ancestry and even less about the importance of ancestral reverence and remembrance.
How many of us can remember the names of our great-grandparents? What about great great grandparents or those in our lineages from 100 generations back? How many of us feel deeply connected to the place and the land in which we were born? It is becoming increasingly rare for families to remain in one place for more than a generation.