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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 Wagameses Keepern 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 into the culture of white society making new generations of Indians less interested in learning and living in the traditional Ojibway lifestyle These younger generations of Indians need to be guided by their elders in order to keep that traditional culture alive This creates a connection with their family and their ancestors and inspires them to become guides as well Dreams are in a sense also a guide in Ojibway culture They believe that through their dreams they receive visions that are sent 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 were purifying ourselves our mind body spirit and emotion Get centered and positive
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