Firekeeper’s Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

by

Angeline Boulley

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Minnie Mustang Character Analysis

Minnie Mustang is Macy’s great-grandmother and one of the Elders, so named for the red Mustang she bought when she turned 75. She’s extremely opinionated and has an ongoing love-hate relationship with Granny June: they play cards together, but they also bicker constantly. Minnie helps Daunis escape Levi on the ferry.

Minnie Mustang Quotes in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The Firekeeper’s Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Minnie Mustang or refer to Minnie Mustang. 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 52 Quotes

I thought I had no resources on the ferry, except for one lone Elder. But one led to another, and another. A resource I never anticipated during my time of dire need.

I’m reminded that our Elders are our greatest resource, embodying our culture and community. Their stories connect us to our language medicines, land, clans, songs, and traditions. They are a bridge between the Before and the Now, guiding those of us who will carry on in the Future.

We honor our heritage and our people, those who are alive and those who’ve passed on. That’s important because it keeps the ones we lose with us. My grandparents. Uncle David. Lily. Dad.

Page Number: 453
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Minnie Mustang Character Timeline in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The timeline below shows where the character Minnie Mustang appears in Firekeeper’s Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
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...Elder Center and realizes why Granny June asked her to come—for moral support. They greet Minnie Mustang (so named for the red Mustang she bought when she turned 75) and Daunis... (full context)
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...now, it’s better to stay quiet. After lunch, Daunis hangs out as Granny June and Minnie play cards. Jonsy asks if anyone wants to go bottle collecting with him, and Daunis... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...Daunis enters the dining room with Granny June, she stops suddenly: Auntie is next to Minnie Mustang. This looks like an intervention. What did Daunis do? (full context)
Chapter 26
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Generational Trauma and Bigotry Theme Icon
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...from non-related Elders. Just then, Seeney Nimkee hands Daunis an affidavit, followed by Granny June, Minnie, and 23 other elders. (full context)
Chapter 49
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...look. When the ferry reaches the other side, the car in front of Daunis and Levi—Minnie’s Mustang—doesn’t move. Seeney mouths to Daunis to go. (full context)
Chapter 50
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...of Seeney’s car, she sees that Jonsy is blocking Levi’s truck on the other side. Minnie calls Daunis to get in her car. From there, Daunis watches Seeney get out and... (full context)
Chapter 51
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Ceremony, Pride, and Healing Theme Icon
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...surprise, TJ lets Daunis go. Daunis races for the ferry, passing the Elders. She asks Minnie to borrow her Mustang, ignoring Ron when he appears and asks to drive. On the... (full context)
Chapter 52
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Generational Trauma and Bigotry Theme Icon
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...people clearly involved in the meth ring go free. Daunis says that Seeney, Jonsy, and Minnie saved her on the ferry, and Auntie says the Elders set up a group text... (full context)