Keeper'n Me by Richard WagameseKeeper'n Me by Richard Wagamese

Keeper'n Me

byRichard Wagamese

Paperback | July 25, 2006

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When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes. Having reached his mid-teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city.

Having skirted the urban underbelly once too often by age 20, he finds himself thrown in jail. While there, he gets a surprise letter from his long-forgotten native family.

The sudden communication from his past spurs him to return to the reserve following his release from jail. Deciding to stay awhile, his life is changed completely as he comes to discover his sense of place, and of self. While on the reserve, Garnet is initiated into the ways of the Ojibway -- both ancient and modern -- by Keeper, a friend of his grandfather, and last fount of history about his people's ways.

By turns funny, poignant and mystical, Keeper'n Me reflects a positive view of Native life and philosophy -- as well as casting fresh light on the redemptive power of one's community and traditions.
Richard Wagamese is an Ojibway whole early life story bears some resemblance to that of his protagonist. He is the former Native Life columnist for the Calgary Herald. These columns won him a National Newspaper Award.
Title:Keeper'n MeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.01 × 4.99 × 0.88 inPublished:July 25, 2006Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385662831

ISBN - 13:9780385662833

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Gave me a great deal of insight into Ojibway culture. I had previously read Indian Horse and thought that this book delved farther into spiritual elements.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was simply outstanding!
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read on many levels this book speaks to the plights of all displaced peoples and the cultural loss they feel Asa result of predjudice and cultural destruction.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok This was ok, but slow in the middle and not as good as his other books
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeper'n Me Growing up in a small northern town in British Columbia I witnessed many prejudices held against the native peoples that lived there. To be able to read about Richard's main character dealing with these is an eye opener. The one sentence from this book that will always remain with me is; "Indians are the new blacks". Don Burnstick has pointed out that the Native People are having an identity crisis. We need to rediscover and reclaim the honor of being native- Indian!
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feeling were you belong The novel revilles the true meaning of family never giving up on there missing love one and recieving them back into the family like they have never left. The whole story never really focused on how the whites did the indenigeous people wrong and how everything got disrupted when Columbus (not white) sailed the great ocean. First explorer to North Amercia. The novel was focas more on introducing the main character to his culture and language. Love that the author told his history through a young boy who did not know where exactly in this world he belong until he decided to take request from his beloved family and return to his roots.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeper'n Me This book opens one to looking into your inner self, your beliefs, ideation and how it all ties you to yourself, others and the world around you.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeper'n Me Wonderful story . Couldn't put it away. Tks
Date published: 2014-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's.. It's really a greal book if you are if Ojibway heritage and want to learn more about the culture. That's why I enjoyed it. I would think if you weren't aboriginal you probably would find this boring.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Keeper'n Me Got to be too much of the same for me. Wagamese does not deliver the same punch with this story as he did with Ragged Company. I was quite disappointed.
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A positive perspective... Keeper ‘n Me is the story of Garnet Raven, a young Ojibway man, who has returned to his home after being in foster care from the age of three. Having lived in the city, away from his family and traditional ways, Garnet has adopted the identities of others rather than embracing his own. Touching on many of the challenges that Aboriginal people face, and the implications of each, Wagamese tells the literal and metaphorical story of Garnet’s journey home. The novel moves at a slower pace, perhaps reminiscent of the small village where it takes place; however, I found this made it a bit of a challenge to read. That said, Wagamese has been successful in introducing another side of Aboriginal people in Canada; one which is often ignored. In his story, the characters have strengths and humour, they are intelligent and resourceful, and perhaps most importantly they are all survivors. In Keeper ‘n Me, Wagamese has successfully captured the realities of living on a remote reserve with a balance of honesty and respect while ensuring that the qualities of his characters are not overlooked.
Date published: 2008-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN.....READ IT SO FAST!!!!! I love Richard Wagamese writing to begin with.....he has the gift to put into words what no other writer before him can.......This book, in particular, pulled the tears and the laughter right out of me!!! In the beginning of the book, I chuckled at a few little things, but the chuckles soon become rolling-on-the ground laughter!!! Aside from the tears and the laughs, I can't help but believe that a book like this one would benefit classrooms of children in so many ways... The teachings alone... I would be so ever appreciative if Richard Wagamese would consider writing a children's book on some of these well as a children's book to simply teach about the Ojibway culture.....
Date published: 2007-02-08

Editorial Reviews

"A fascinating read...I loved the revelations of a child taken away from the love of his family and put out to where his spirit was lost...Wagamese's book is about healing the lost soul"
-Tantoo Cardinal