Firekeeper’s Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

by

Angeline Boulley

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Judge Dana Firekeeper Character Analysis

Though Dana ultimately turns out to be an antagonist involved in the meth cell, Daunis generally likes and admires her for much of the novel. This is despite the fact that as a young woman, Dana manipulated Dad into having sex with her and getting her pregnant with Levi—Dad ultimately married Dana, leaving Mom to raise Daunis on her own. Despite this complication, Daunis loves Levi (which Dana appreciates) and admires Dana for being the first Native Tribal Judge in the Sault (previous Tribal Judges were white). However, it ultimately turns out that Dana is involved in the meth cell and is responsible for kidnapping Uncle David and then Daunis. TJ also reveals that Dana has been allowing what should be straightforward meth cases to close without charging guilty parties, while cracking down on alcohol-related and other crimes in the Sault. For her crimes, Dana is fined the maximum amount for miscarriages of justice, stripped of her title, and subjected to a banishment hearing. Opinion in the Sault is split on whether she’s getting off easy, or whether she’s being used as an example of what happens to powerful women who step out of line.

Judge Dana Firekeeper Quotes in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The Firekeeper’s Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Judge Dana Firekeeper or refer to Judge Dana Firekeeper. 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 43 Quotes

My heart skips a beat.

I tip the basket upside down. Staring at the floor where Dad’s scarf lands.

Green, like my mother’s eyes.

Levi kept it from me. He had it all along.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Levi Firekeeper, Dad, Judge Dana Firekeeper
Related Symbols: Dad’s Scarf
Page Number: 391
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Judge Dana Firekeeper Character Timeline in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The timeline below shows where the character Judge Dana Firekeeper appears in Firekeeper’s Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 20
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...Levi’s house, Daunis explains that Stormy lives here too because Stormy’s family is “messed up.” Dana, Levi’s mom, has been caring for Stormy for years now. As Levi and Stormy join... (full context)
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...the rain and accompanied him to the hospital. Privately, Daunis remembers that her relationship to Dana changed that day: Dana hugged her, and they both realized they loved Levi. The boys... (full context)
Chapter 24
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At the Edwards house, Daunis identifies all the luxury vehicles belonging to Dana, Levi, Grant, and Coach Bobby, but she insists nice cars aren’t suspicious and Coach won... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...when Mom went to tell Dad about her pregnancy, she found him in bed with Dana. Daunis says Mom was 16 and afraid as she takes her mom in her arms,... (full context)
Chapter 42
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Daunis stands in front of Dana Firekeeper’s house, which should be empty. She enters through the garage and soothes the dog,... (full context)
Chapter 43
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It’s Dana, not Levi. Waylon barks and a squirrel in the windowsill scolds Daunis—and then leaps into... (full context)
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...figures Ron is at the door, but why would he be texting if he’s here? Dana is on the doorstep, but she’s not angry to have caught Daunis breaking in. She’s... (full context)
Chapter 44
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Daunis shows Dana in and gives her a paper bag to breathe into. Then, she makes Dana a... (full context)
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As Dana describes how insistent and selfish Levi has become, Daunis finds that she can’t hear Dana... (full context)
Chapter 45
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Realizing that Dana drugged her with a date-rape drug, Daunis asks if Dana said anything when she brought... (full context)
Chapter 47
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...thoughts. She knows that the guys, Grant, and Angie are responsible for the meth, and Dana is involved. Levi is the weakest link, and though Mike promised to let Jamie go... (full context)
Chapter 49
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...reach a beat-up truck hidden in some pines, and Daunis recognizes it as the truck Dana used to bring her to Sugar Island. As they drive, Levi says he thought Daunis... (full context)
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...asks why Levi is involved when he gets per-cap money. Levi says that according to Dana, the casino will eventually go out of business. This way, they won’t be poor again.... (full context)
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Daunis asks if that’s how Dana got Dad and asks why Levi lied about the scarf. Suddenly scared, Levi says that... (full context)
Chapter 52
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...had reported Daunis missing, but nobody took it seriously. TJ approached Auntie and said that Dana and some officers were letting people clearly involved in the meth ring go free. Daunis... (full context)
Chapter 55
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...the FBI research hallucinogenic mushrooms that might’ve been added to meth. He’d gone to see Dana about Levi when he went missing. Mom says that David will be happy knowing that... (full context)
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...and then betray her, though Levi’s betrayal continues to hurt the most. Ron continues that Dana has been charged by the feds, and the Tribe will likely prosecute her for various... (full context)
Chapter 57
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Dana Firekeeper will be the first person to appear at a hearing. She pled guilty in... (full context)