Firekeeper’s Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

by

Angeline Boulley

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Art is Auntie’s husband. He’s Native and Black, so he suffers more intense racism and bigotry than other enrolled tribal members do—he was once held at gunpoint at the Canada border due to his race. However, he’s highly respected in the Sugar Island Ojibwe community, as he’s a firekeeper. This means that he tends ceremonial fires for sweat lodges, funerals, and other ceremonies. He dotes on his wife and daughters, Perry and Pauline, and is a calming, strong presence in Daunis’s life.

Art Quotes in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The Firekeeper’s Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Art or refer to Art. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 57 Quotes

I am overcome with a mixture of emotions. Sad that their innocent eyes are open to the trauma that still impacts our community today. Angry they must learn these truths in order to be strong Anishinaabeg in a world where Indians are thought of only in the past tense. Proud that they—smart, sturdy, and loved—are the greatest wish our ancestors had, for our nation to survive and flourish.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Perry, Pauline, Auntie Teddie, Art
Page Number: 485
Explanation and Analysis:
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Art Character Timeline in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The timeline below shows where the character Art appears in Firekeeper’s Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Generational Trauma and Bigotry Theme Icon
Ceremony, Pride, and Healing Theme Icon
Love, Honesty, and Respect Theme Icon
Art, Auntie’s husband, enters the kitchen just as Daunis’s phone buzzes with a text from Jamie,... (full context)
Justice Theme Icon
Ceremony, Pride, and Healing Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
When Auntie and Art go to bed, Daunis thinks about Jamie. He’s a skilled player who made the team... (full context)
Chapter 5
Justice Theme Icon
Ceremony, Pride, and Healing Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
...car in the drive. The twins are finished and in front of the TV when Art and Auntie finally come downstairs. Auntie avoids making eye contact with Daunis; whatever happened last... (full context)
Chapter 7
Justice Theme Icon
Generational Trauma and Bigotry Theme Icon
...enforcement and explains how anyone who’s visibly Nish gets searched at the Canada border—and how Art, who’s Nish and Black, had a gun pulled on him in front of Teddie, Perry,... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Ceremony, Pride, and Healing Theme Icon
For dinner, Daunis and Jamie join Art and Auntie at their RV. While Jamie hangs out with Art at the grill, Auntie... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Family and Community Theme Icon
...Nothing feels real. She looks around for Auntie, but Auntie must be at home with Art, tending the ceremonial fire. Art comes from a different community, but like Daunis’s family, he... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Ceremony, Pride, and Healing Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
...not sit for a lecture. At the house, Auntie leads Daunis to the clearing, where Art is tending the fire for a sweat lodge. Auntie snaps that it’s an “Intervention sweat”;... (full context)
Justice Theme Icon
Ceremony, Pride, and Healing Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
When Daunis notices a plate of food that Art left at the edge of the woods, Auntie says it’s an offering for the Little... (full context)
Justice Theme Icon
Love, Honesty, and Respect Theme Icon
...she’s glad Daunis is figuring things out early and describes a guy she dated before Art, who just wanted to control her. Now, she knows that love honors both people’s spirits... (full context)
Chapter 38
Love, Honesty, and Respect Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
Fortunately, Daunis notices Art, Auntie, Mom, Pauline, and Perry across the lobby—and Auntie is smiling. Warning Jamie to not... (full context)
Chapter 57
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That Friday, Daunis picks up Granny June and drives to Auntie and Art’s house. At the clearing, they join over 100 women. Auntie tells a story about a... (full context)
Generational Trauma and Bigotry Theme Icon
Ceremony, Pride, and Healing Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
...take kids, not give them back, and punish them for speaking Anishinaabemowin. Daunis is emotional. Art and Auntie clearly decided Pauline and Perry were ready for “the talk,” and she’s sad... (full context)