9 - Rayona's living with Ida allows her to experience her...

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Unformatted text preview: Rayona's living with Ida allows her to experience her mother's history in ways that she never would have before. Rayona wears Christine's old pedal pushers, views 1950s pop-singer posters still tacked on Christine's bedroom walls, and looks through Christine's old high-school notebooks. What grabs Rayona's attention most is a graduation picture of Christine. Rayona tries to see a resemblance of herself in the graduation picture. She wants to find her place in the world, an identity that fits within Christine's life experiences. The personal identity that Rayona so desperately wants to find is tied up with Aunt Ida, although Rayona doesn't recognize it. Growing up in Seattle, Rayona learned the Indian language, which symbolizes the personal history that Christine thought was important to instill in her daughter. Although Rayona doesn't completely realize the importance of the Indian language, she...
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