Marie and Nector’s daughter, Zelda and Gordie’s sister, and Albertine’s aunt. After June’s death, Aurelia reminisces with Marie and Zelda about their childhood, and Marie mentions the time Aurelia and Gordie tried to hang June from a tree in the backyard playing cowboys and Indians. In the past, the story of hanging June in the tree had been told with a laugh, but in June’s death, Aurelia feels obvious guilt for her harsh treatment of June. Aurelia and Gordie’s attempt to hang June reflects not only the abuse June endured for much of her life, but the underlying racism of American society as well. Their childhood game is anything but innocent, and it is predicated on the racist trope that Native Americans are savages that must by hunted down and hanged by white cowboys.
Aurelia Kashpaw Character Timeline in Love Medicine
The timeline below shows where the character Aurelia Kashpaw appears in Love Medicine. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The World’s Greatest Fisherman Part 2
...she says, remarking again on Lynette. “That white girl,” Zelda claims, “won’t keep King long.” Aurelia looks to her sister, exasperated. Who cares if Lynette is white, Aurelia says. After all,... (full context)
The Beads Part 1