The Difficulties of Borders Between Canada and US Essay

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Your Citizenship please? At a point in time, people encounter this question when you are about to cross the border into a different country, whether it is by car, train or plane. It questions one’s identity as to who they are. Most people answer with the current country they live in but does one ever answer with the country that they were from? “Borders” by Thomas King, is an intriguing story about a mother that has pride in her culture and values where she comes from. Along with her two kids, she resides in a native community. The mother has to declare her citizenship at the border, where she persistently presents herself as “Blackfoot.” The story, “Borders”, illustrates how difficult it is for Aboriginals to maintain their cultural…show more content…
The mother carries her pride for her family, culture and her heritage. When Laetitia and her mother are saying their good byes at the border, her mother tries one last time to remind her about the reserve and how you would not need to go anywhere else when you have everything on the reserve but also the different languages that were spoken in this phrase. “You can still see the mountains from here”, my mother told Laetitia in Blackfoot. “Lots of mountains in Salt Lake,” Laetitia told her in English.” Here the mother is speaking in her native tongue, while Laetitia is just talking in English, another example of how the mother brings about her culture. The mother identifies herself as Blackfoot as she keeps going back and forth to the borders. She clearly refuses to adopt the nationality of either a Canadian or an American, rather claiming on her Blackfoot status as a person who belongs in both countries. The mother seems to defy the border officials also as a lesson to teach her son about her Blackfoot identity and values. Her son is the one who is travelling along with her and is also the main narrator in the story. During their ‘standoff’ periods in the nightfall of the story, the mother takes the time to tell him Blackfoot tales of the Coyotes as they study the patterns of the stars. (King, 144) The mother is a cautious story teller and after she is allowed to continue her
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