The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

What is the personal and cultural identity that Junior figures out for himself by the end of the book?


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In the end, Rowdy visits Junior at his home. He has finally gotten to the point where he can forget about the things that have come between them. As a result, Junior comes to the point where he realizes that he still belongs..... that even though he will not remain on the reservation, he is still a part of the tribe. Junior knows that he is meant for something more, and that he can contribute to his tribe in a different way..... an untraditional way. Rowdy, is comparison, is now able to contextualize Junior's aspirations within the Indian tradition: he is a nomad like their ancestors were before settlers trapped them on reservations and stripped away their hope. By making this comparison, Rowdy shows Junior that he can be an Indian and be successful, as long as he remembers where he comes from.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian