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Generations through generation traditions have been passed down from grandmother to mother to daughter In the novel A Yellow in Blue Water it was a tradition of their heritage that Rayona Christine and Ida didnt forget Braiding is mentioned throughout the entire novel in each story of the women An example of braiding and beauty tips is when Rayona is sitting next to her mother Christines side in the hospital Christine had earlier spent twenty minutes pulling Rayonas long frizzy hair into a herringbone braid because it was always something they could do together Christine felt braiding was something she could always rely on to keep a common bond between them The braiding gave Christine memory of her life at the reservation and she wanted to share this special tradition with her daughter Consequently Christine tried to give Rayona beauty magazine tips to improve her appearance Christine wanted her daughter to be as pretty as she could be She didnt feel her daughter was ugly she thought she wasnt showing her true beauty Her mother gave her suggestions of cosmetics to highlight her cheekbone of soften her chin a blusher that might even her skin tone so that she could be as pretty as possible Christine wanted her daughter to be just like her and to grow up with all the men she wanted She said all these things to Rayona only to encourage her to become more aware of her appearance Christine loved her daughter a lot and only wanted the best for her There were many times when Aunt Ida braided her own hair in order to release any type of stress that she might have felt when the children annoyed her For example when Rayona woke the morning after she had fixed Aunt Idas hair Aunt Ida had braided her hair so tight that it arched and forked like a sidewinder down her back Christine had spent the night
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