Keeper’n Me Study Guide
Keeper’n Me is a homecoming story. Homecoming is a significant theme within Aboriginal literature because many factors have led to the displacement of individuals from their traditional territories and cultures. It is also a story about becoming comfortable within one’s own skin by discovering one’s roots, which is another theme in Aboriginal literature.
If you would like to do some research before reading the novel I recommend researching the sixties scoop, the rates of Aboriginal children in foster care, perspectives on Aboriginal connection to the land, and the Anishnabe people. If you would like to challenge yourself, you could also research systematic racism in Canada, the impact of resource development on Aboriginal people in Canada, and colonization/decolonization.
This is a study guide which hopefully will later turn into a literature circle friendly novel study. This is not meant to be a list of comprehension questions, although, some of the questions could be used for discussion in literature circles. First it has three possible ‘during reading’ activities. Then, it has a list of questions which include page numbers. Some of the questions are literal (what does the wordBbih’kee yan mean?) and some of the questions ask you to reflect upon who you are and to apply the teachings of Keeper in your own life.
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The novel has four chapters, and within the chapters the voices of Garnet Raven and Keeper go back and forth. Keeper’s voice is in italics.
1. Keep the following chart nearby and take notes on it as you read, or place sticky-notes on the page whenever the following themes come up:
According to Keeper, what does it mean to be Indian? What does Garnet learn about what it means to be Indian? What does is mean to be Indian according to society?
2. Before reading you...