In Polish, "dziedzictwo" (jyeh-jeets-tvoh) means heritage. In the United States ("stany zjednoczone") the month of October is Polish-American Heritage Month.
The first Polish settlers arrived in North America in 1608 at the colony ("kolonia") of Virginia. Today more than 10 million Americans claim some Polish heritage and many enjoy participating in traditions of Polish culture ("polska kultura").
Food ("żywność") is an essential part of these traditions ("tradycje") and Polish cooking has expanded from Polish communities to folks of all backgrounds and locations. Pierogi and kielbasa are especially popular!