Christine’s narrative continues for a little while beyond the point where Rayona’s story leaves off, and the significance of the videos they rent in Seattle finally becomes clear. The movies, Christine, and Little Big Man have been Rayona’s companions ever since her departure from Seattle, and for one reason or another she has always taken them with her. It turns out that Christine did not originally rent the videos to impress her friends on the reservation, but because she wanted to leave Rayona something by which to remember her. To some extent, the videos serve that purpose, and, in her own narrative, Rayona remembers her mother every time she thinks of the videos. For the most part, however, the videos in Rayona do not rouse the kinds of memories for which Christine is hoping: every time Rayona mentions the videos, she thinks of how silly it was for Christine to have rented them. When mother and daughter finally get a chance to watch the videos together, however, the movies finally serve their intended purpose, creating a bond between Christine and Rayona.
Rayona overcomes another emotional hurdle a few weeks later when she is eating breakfast with her mother in the diner. Christine only sees a small piece of paper fall out of Rayona’s wallet, which Rayona takes a short look at and then throws away. We can guess, however, that the little piece of paper is the letter Rayona had found at Bearpaw Lake, an integral part of the fantasy life Rayona had created for herself and of the lies she had told to Sky and Evelyn. In throwing the letter away, Rayona demonstrates that she no longer needs this fantasy life to sustain her. She is finally satisfied with her real family and life and does not want to imagine her mother as being any other way than she actually is. In essence, Rayona’s discarding of the letter is a gesture of pride in her family and herself, and an end to her days of coveting other people’s lives.