In "Everyday Use," Alice Walker, through the narrative voice of Mrs. Johnson, makes a claim that it is best to honor one's family heritage by living and participating in the cultural practices of the family. In the story, Mrs. Johnson's (Mama's) daughter Dee comes to visit, and she wants to take several items made by family members to preserve as artifacts. Dee believes that putting the items on display is the best way to honor the family. However, Mama believes that using items that were made by family members is the best way to honor the family because using the items allows family descendants to participate in the cultural practices of the family. Mama's other daughter Maggie has learned how to quilt just like Mama and Mama's mother, so the tradition is being passed down through generations. At the end of the story, Dee drives off, and Mama and Maggie sit together smiling, suggesting that Walker sides with Mama's and Maggie's perspective.