The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian | Study Guide

Sherman Alexie

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian | Chapter 29 : Remembering | Summary

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Junior goes with his parents to the graveyard to clean the graves of Eugene, Grandmother, and Mary. Junior's parents kiss, to his chagrin. The family has a moment of bonding. Junior reflects that he'll always love his sister and be proud of her for moving to Montana.

He cries because he knows more members of his tribe will die alcohol-related deaths, though he wants them to get sober and leave the reservation. He's the only one, so far, with enough arrogance to leave. Though he's lonely, Junior doesn't regret his choice. He thinks about all the many tribes and groups he belongs to. Junior knows he'll be OK. But he wants to find Rowdy and ask his forgiveness.

Analysis

Junior's finally discovered who he is, and the answer isn't simple. He can claim many identities and join many tribes. But with his family in the graveyard, he realizes the one tribe that's most important to him. The Spirit family has made a life in a place that was supposed to be a prison. And Junior refuses to disappear.

Maybe living as a Native American in a white world will kill him, too, but he's determined to live a life full of "good and sober moments." The reader imagines his struggle ahead—he's got three more years of high school, after all, and his family's problems haven't gone away. Will Junior be able to help any of the other members of his reservation? Will they be inspired to change, like Mary was? Will staying in their native land cost them their lives?

Junior knows living in a white world has cost him dearly. His leaving has cost Rowdy, too. The sketch of the two jumping into the lake shows their easy intimacy, especially in athletics.

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