TJ is Daunis’s ex-boyfriend and a Tribal police officer. He’s several years older than Daunis. Daunis resents and almost fears him for much of the novel, in part because she has no idea why he broke up with her—not long after they started having sex, he ended things without explaining why. Though she’s hostile to him for much of the novel, at Shagala, TJ attempts to prove his truthfulness and enlighten Daunis by telling her that Levi is bad news, and that anyone associated with him, including Jamie, is also untrustworthy. He reveals that he broke up with Daunis because Levi threatened to injure him and “end football” for him. Later, Auntie shares that TJ was the officer to raise the fact that Dana was letting people who ended up in her courtroom on meth charges go, while harshly prosecuting other, more minor crimes. Because of this, Daunis eventually comes to see TJ as a good guy and let go of the pain he caused her during their breakup.
TJ Kewadin Character Timeline in Firekeeper’s Daughter
The timeline below shows where the character TJ Kewadin appears in Firekeeper’s Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...away and pay her respects elsewhere. Jamie finally leads Daunis away, but Daunis snarls at TJ, who’s been watching the scene. Jamie tells Daunis that this will only keep happening—and she... (full context)
...with Levi and looked scared. Mom 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... (full context)