Jack Allen always felt connected to his Poarch roots, even as traditions were fading before his eyes. As a boy he spent summers on dirt paths, playing with homemade toys and jumping in the creek. He picked cotton, and chopped firewood to keep his family warm. His parents were of a generation that assimilated in order to survive. Ceremonies and traditions were not always passed down. But Jack Allen learned what he could about the Tribe. In tradition he found solace and connection— calico ribbon shirts and turtle shell rattles used in social dances. It felt like home and today his daughters share his passion for the lifeblood that culture has to offer.