Firekeeper’s Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

by

Angeline Boulley

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Mrs. Hammond Character Analysis

Mrs. Hammond, or Mrs. H, is the secretary at Sault High. Though she’s generally kind to Daunis, she also reveals that she’s wildly bigoted—she once tells Daunis that she hopes Daunis will go away to college, as Daunis isn’t like “those other Indians” who, she believes, are poorly prepared academically and socially to succeed in college because they’re Native.

Mrs. Hammond Quotes in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The Firekeeper’s Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Hammond or refer to Mrs. Hammond. 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 23 Quotes

“Your kiden needed protection from bad dreams?” I raise an eyebrow.

She laughs while zipping her jeans. “Dream catchers are sexy.”

When Lily and I were on Tribal Youth Council, we all played a game called Bigotry Bingo. When we heard a comment that fed into stereotypes, we’d call it out. Dream catchers were the free space. Too easy. There were so many others, though.

You don’t look Native.

Must be nice to get free college.

Can you give me an Indian name for my dog?

Maybe-Megan’s tattoo would have been good for another square: Native Americans as a sexual fetish. The more she talks, the more squares I mark […].

“I’m honoring Indians,” she says in response to my lingering scowl.

“Plus, I’m part Indian, so it’s okay.”

“My great-grandma was an Indian princess.”

Lily, we have a winner!

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Megan (speaker), Lily, Mrs. Hammond
Page Number: 210
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Chapter 34 Quotes

“Once your mother is feeling better, I hope you’ll rethink staying home. I know Indian kids struggle in college because they’re not prepared academically or socially, but Daunis, you’re not like them.”

Words truly do fail me. All I can do is gape at her in disbelief.

“Well, I don’t mean anything bad about Indians.” Mrs. Hammond looks around anxiously. “You know I’m not prejudiced.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Hammond (speaker), Daunis Fontaine
Page Number: 310
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Chapter 38 Quotes

Hockey brings my community together. Native and non-Native. All ages. All neighborhoods. Here in Chi Mukwa, a community recreation building funded by the Sugar Island Ojibwe Tribe, everyone stands united for our teams. I just hope they remember today was for Robin Bailey.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Robin Bailey, Levi Firekeeper, Mom, Mrs. Hammond
Page Number: 343
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Mrs. Hammond Character Timeline in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Hammond appears in Firekeeper’s Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
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The school secretary, Mrs. Hammond , embraces Daunis and asks if Ron is the new “Indian science teacher.” Ron says... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...Daunis suspects Uncle David left a notebook for her in his hidden drawer. She tells Mrs. H that Mom is still having a hard time, and she’d like to get some of... (full context)