Grandparents: American Indian Heritage
The grandparents in these stories from across North America play a number of important roles in their grandchildren's lives. In some cases, the grandparents are an important link to heritage through language and customs passed down across generations. In others, the grandparents are raising children who have lost parents at a young age. And in still others, it is the loss of a grandparent that introduces a child to grief and death. These stories provide an important window into the role of extended families in Native cultures and the sense of responsibility that all family members have for each other.