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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Evelyn Villafranco

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Evelyn Villafranco, Ebelyn Iracheta, Brianna Guzman
Arnold Spirit jr.
Arnold Spirit
(MAin)
Native American
Low Self-esteem (born with extra water in the brain - seizures)
Lives in a poor Indian Reservation
Cartoonist (feels important)
Wants something better than what the rez has to offer
Attends Rearden (White farm town filled with farmers, rednecks, racist cops)
Loves basketball
Comes to accept that he is worth more than what he is seen as
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Best friend
Protector
He stands up for Arnold in many occasions and will seek revenge for those who have wronged his friend.
Tough kid
Arnold house is Rowdy's safe space
Doesn't approve of Arnold switching schools
Arch Nemesis
Reconciliation


Agnes (mom)
Agnes Spirit (formerly Adams) is Junior’s mother. She is an extremely smart and a voracious reader who is capable of remembering every piece of information she consumes. She was once an alcoholic, but she has tried her hardest to get her habit under control. She is fiercely loving and committed to her family.
Arnold spirit (Dad)
Mary

Grandma
Eugene
Mr. P
Gordy
Penelope
Roger
Coach
Arnold's older sister
Once a bright and outgoing student
Writes romance novels
After High School her spirit turns off
After Arnold switches schools Mary finds a man and runs away to marry him
Mary begins writing again
She tragically dies in a trailer fire.
Arnold blames himself for Mary's death
Junior's father's best friend
Like an uncle to Jr.
Alcoholic too
Owns motorcycle (gives Jr. rides to school)
Was an EMT for the tribal ambulance service
Dies when a friend of his shoots him during a drunken brawl
Junior's elementary teacher at Wellpinit High School. Junior accidentally throws his geometry book in frustration. Instead of punishing Junior, though Mr. P apologizes. He feels bad that white teachers have been systematically trying to crush Indian culture. He assures him to leave the reservation and pursue his dreams.

"We were supposed to kill the Indian to save the child."
Junior's first friend and Reardan
Genius
Deeply fascinated with books
Form a friendship bond over being "weird" and "different" together
Popular girl at Reardan
Smart, pretty and white
Arnold's crush
Racist father
Rebels against her dad by dating Arnold
Later, becomes a good friend to Arnold and accepts him for who he is
Powwow famous
Kept the family together
Full of forgiveness, love, and tolerance.
Killed by a drunk driver
Last words before she died " Forgive him"
Her death signifies the unfairness of life in the rez and the affects alcohol has on the community
Popular
Star football player
Bullied Arnold for being the new kid
After getting punched by Arnold, respects him
Ends up being a great friend to Arnold
Helps him out by giving him rides home and with Penelope
Arnold Spirit, Sr. is Junior’s father. He is an alcoholic and often wastes the family's meager income at the bar. He is a decent musician and a very good singer; Junior thinks he
could have made a career of it if someone had believed in him. Despite Arnold Sr.'s alcoholism, Junior is close to his father. He appreciates Arnold Sr.'s efforts to keep him at Reardan and attests to the fact that his father has never missed one of his basketball games.

Strengths
- Love Arnold, he feels loved by them, once were dreamers
Weaknesses
- Neglectful alcoholics.

Coach is Junior’s basketball coach at Reardan. Junior respects his coach and desperately wants to impress him. They eventually build a strong bond, especially after Coach witnesses the violence that Junior's tribespeople inflict on him during the Reardan - Wellpinit basketball game. Coach praises Junior's ability to stand tall in the face of adversity and mentors him during his time at Reardan.
" I mean, the thing is, plenty of Indians have died because they were drunk. And plenty of drunken Indians have killed other drunken Indians "

"But my grandmother had never drunk alcohol in her life. Not one drop. That’s the rarest kind of Indian”

“Grandparents are supposed to die first, but they’re supposed to die of old age. They’re supposed to die of a heart attack or a stroke or of cancer or of Alzheimer’s. THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO GET RUN OVER AND KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER”
"Well, the thing is, I don't think Indians are nomadic anymore. Most Indians, anyway."

"I'm not nomadic," Rowdy said. "Hardly anybody on this rez is nomadic. Except for you. You're the nomadic one."

"I always knew you were going to leave. I always knew you were going to leave us behind and travel the world. I had this dream about you a few months ago. You were standing on the Great Wall of China. You looked happy. And I was happy for you."
Rowdy
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