Gekinoo Amaagejig Analysis

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In Thomas D. Peacock’s “Gekinoo’amaagejig,” he talks about Deacon Kingship and how he relates to the community. That he fact that he has down syndrome does not mean he cannot play a role in the community. Peacock also talks about Native culture and his fear about the next generation being passed down the traditional Ojibwe language. I find it interesting how he mentioned that the language it what makes defines natives (59). That without the language that apart of themselves would be lost forever. What I admired the most about his reading was passionate and determined he was to learn the language. A lot of people will complain about the condition of Native culture, but Peacock is committed to making sure the next generation knows the culture.…show more content…
At first seemed it going to be a story about who deserves to live in the elderly housing. “Allow Deacon to remain in elderly housing despite the fact he does not meet the age criteria set by HUD” (57). Reading further Peacock tells us that Deacon is special needs and that his grandparents who took care of him have passed away (58). Even though he is not the required age he still needs someone to help take care of him. Living in the elderly is the best option for him since he will get the proper care he needs while maintaining a sense of independence. Reading farther along the story Peacock talks about how Deacon knows how to speak the Ojibwe language that he has been trying to speak for years. Showing that a special needs person is capable of doing more than people realize. “I never thought he would possess the knowledge and ability I have spent most of my adult life trying to get. Until now, I’d always measured him by his limitations.” (69). Peacock like many others including myself sometimes fail to realize what people with special needs are able to accomplish. What I like the most was that Peacock was able to admit his assumptions about Deacon were wrong and learn from
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