Keepern Me


Everyone receives guidance from the many people they encounter throughout life. Probably most people have also been a guide for someone else somewhere along the way. The concept of the guide in Richard Wagamese's Keeper'n Me is more than just someone who gives guidance, its someone who also uses storytelling and the teaching of traditions to help guide.
Passing on traditions or a certain way of life is a very important aspect of guiding someone of the Ojibway culture in this novel. The Ojibway people have such strong beliefs and because of that they take their culture very seriously. At the same time they are very protective of their culture because they see it slowly shifting over ...

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to them by the spirit world. That vision could be just about anything and was meant to be a sacred and private thing for the seeker. Gave a direction for their life." (175). They believe that you should try to figure out your dreams as best as you can because they are important messages that give you "direction and strength" (175).
The Ojibway look to prayer to guide them and help them to be a better people. When they pray they wave smoke from burnt cedar and moss over their body. This is called smudging. In the novel, Keeper shows Garnet how to smudge to teach him that "when we smudge (everyday) we're purifying ourselves… our mind, body, spirit, and emotion. Get centered… and positive… so we can all live good" (176).
They also pray with tobacco offerings. These offerings are "the way we prepare (Ojibways) for learnin' more… you go out there an' pray your own prayers for your own lessons in life" (180). This teaches them to have respect and to be ...

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Added: 2/21/2007 01:45:03 PM
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