The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Ted Character Analysis

A white billionaire who is “famous for being filthy rich and really weird.” Claiming to love Indian culture and “feel Indian in his bones,” he shows up at Junior’s grandmother’s funeral to return a powwow dance outfit that he believes once belonged to Grandmother Spirit—at which point Junior’s mom explains that her mother was never a powwow dancer.
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Ted Character Timeline in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The timeline below shows where the character Ted appears in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 23 – Wake
Identity, Belonging, and Coming-of-Age Theme Icon
Racism, Poverty, and Alcoholism Theme Icon
Confessions, Revenge, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
One of the guests is a white billionaire named Ted, whom the Indians recognize as being “famous for being filthy rich and really weird.” To... (full context)
Identity, Belonging, and Coming-of-Age Theme Icon
Overlapping Opposites Theme Icon
Racism, Poverty, and Alcoholism Theme Icon
Confessions, Revenge, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Hope, Dreams, and Loss Theme Icon
Junior’s mother rises to accept Ted’s apology and explains that there’s nothing to forgive: her mother wasn’t a powwow dancer, and... (full context)