Firekeeper’s Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

by

Angeline Boulley

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Travis Flint Character Analysis

The initial antagonist of the novel, Travis is Lily’s on-again, off-again boyfriend. He’s been using meth for about a year and cooking it for about nine months, which precipitated his and Lily’s initial breakup. He shoots and kills Lily and then himself at the powwow in August, as he refuses to accept Lily’s unwillingness to be with him. Prior to getting involved in drugs, Travis was a funny and wildly smart boy who took lots of upper-level science classes with Daunis. He also played hockey. Daunis eventually discovers that Travis began his downhill slide into addiction when Levi convinced Travis to take the blame for accidentally blinding a woman with a BB gun, something that caused the community to shun Travis. He began using and then cooking meth, and on Valentine’s Day, he offered Lily a “love medicine” (an unspecified traditional medicine he believed would save their relationship). After Lily refused, adding the love medicine to meth is how Travis created the highly addictive meth-X. As Daunis gradually remembers more about the night Travis shot Lily, she comes to realize that Travis didn’t love Lily: he just wanted to control her. Still, Daunis sees Travis as a tragic, misguided, and sympathetic figure, especially once she learns how Levi ruined Travis’s reputation.

Travis Flint Quotes in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The Firekeeper’s Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Travis Flint or refer to Travis Flint. 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 36 Quotes

When Lily told Travis that she was done for good, he pulled out a gun. Love is not control. If he had truly loved Lily, he would have wanted her to have a good life. Even if it wasn’t with him. Instead, he did the opposite of love. Travis steadied the gun in his hand and thought only of himself.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Auntie Teddie, Lily, Travis Flint, Jamie Johnson
Page Number: 331
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Chapter 37 Quotes

Somehow, Travis had come across a love medicine. The kind of bad medicine that Auntie warned me against asking too much about.

When Lily refused to try the love medicine, Travis must have added it to a batch of meth […]. What he thought was a love medicine was actually the opposite of love. Real love honors your spirit. If you need a medicine to create or keep it, that’s possession and control. Not love.

A couple of weeks later, on a rez in Minnesota, a group of kids tried it […]. Every single one got sick. Not lovesick for some girl they’d never met, but infected with an insatiable desire for more meth.

I can do my part to protect our medicines, while trusting that there are those in the community who are doing their part to preserve and protect many different medicine teachings.

Page Number: 334-335
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Chapter 40 Quotes

“I’m not just some emotional entanglement,” I say. “Jamie and I can handle being part of the investigation and having something that’s not so neatly defined.”

Ron shakes his head. He’s frustrated, I think, but what else can he say about it?

“Daunis, you do get that there is no actual Jamie Johnson, right? There is just a rookie officer who will do anything it takes to redeem himself after his first UC assignment went to hell. Including using you.”

“What do you mean?”

“Jamie was the one who proposed that he get close to you.”

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Ron Johnson (speaker), Jamie Johnson, Lily, Travis Flint
Page Number: 366
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Chapter 43 Quotes

Nibwaakaawin. Auntie told me the translation, breaking down each part of the word so it made perfect sense: To be wise is to live with an abundance of sight.

My whole life I’ve wanted to be like my aunt. The way a person dreams about being a ballerina, but not of broken toes and years of practice. I wanted to be a strong and wise Nish kwe, never considering how that abundance of sight would be earned.

I wanted to find out who was involved in the meth madness that took Lily and Uncle David. Robin and Heather, too. And the kids in Minnesota who got so sick from meth-X.

The person I was searching for this whole time was Levi.

Wisdom is not bestowed. In its raw state, it is the heartbreak of knowing things you wish you didn’t.

Page Number: 392-393
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Travis Flint Character Timeline in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The timeline below shows where the character Travis Flint appears in Firekeeper’s Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...even try to get Jamie to break up with his girlfriend. Just then, Lily’s ex-boyfriend, Travis, appears and calls for Lily. Lily skates away, and Daunis blocks Travis from coming onto... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...to their runs. Smiling as they run through downtown, Daunis shares that once, Levi and Travis sold sweetgrass to tourists and claimed theirs was magical. Jamie asks if Stormy, another hockey... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Travis suddenly appears beside Lily. Daunis puts herself between them and notices how rough Travis looks:... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...grateful for his company. She feels better after a sprint, and then she explains that Travis used to just drink at parties. Then he started using other drugs and eventually found... (full context)
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...Auntie’s tonight. She then texts Lily, whom she hasn’t heard from, asking what happened with Travis. Daunis warns Jamie to text his uncle now if he needs to; the island has... (full context)
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...suddenly overwhelmed, Daunis leaves the barn and vomits near Jamie’s truck. When she looks up, Travis and Lily are coming down the path—and Travis is grabbing at Lily, who’s clearly upset.... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Lily falls to her back. Travis says something to Daunis, but she can’t hear him—she can only hear the blast as... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...atone for every living creature she harmed during her life. Noticing that a bunch of Travis’s cousins are in the car next to her, Daunis thinks of how Travis will have... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...in the Great Lakes region. Daunis struggles to focus; she’s lost in her memories of Travis when he was a smart, driven kid. She insists that meth is everywhere, but Ron... (full context)
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...distributors so they can work back to the manufacturers. David, Ron says, was worried about Travis—and Daunis was a person of interest too. Jamie explains that they saw Daunis’s science fair... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...Lily was a descendant, not an enrolled member. The rest of the council is at Travis’s funeral; his family is huge and powerful on Sugar Island. Auntie leads a Catholic prayer... (full context)
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In the parking lot, Daunis’s grief and rage intensifies when she sees Angie Flint, Travis’s mom. Levi tells Daunis not to do anything, but Daunis tells Angie to go away... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...on the team, the Tribe, and the Sault. They need information on the traditional medicines Travis might’ve been adding to the meth. The pen they give Daunis to sign the forms... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...trash bag among all the old junk. Suddenly catching a whiff, she flashes back to Travis waving the gun in her face and the stench of meth. Jonsy tries to inspect... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Daunis falls asleep and dreams about the night Travis shot Lily. She watches Lily walk away from Travis and can smell the acetone and... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...and Grant got to be good friends after a shooting incident a few years ago. Travis, Levi, Stormy, and Mike were playing with a BB gun, and Travis accidentally shot a... (full context)
Chapter 28
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That night, Daunis dreams about the night Travis shot Lily. Lily tells Travis to leave her alone and focus on himself—Lily can’t stand... (full context)
Chapter 31
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When Daunis falls asleep, she dreams again of Travis shooting Lily. Travis points the gun at Daunis’s face and asks if Daunis is real—the... (full context)
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When Daunis jerks awake, she realizes she’s remembering more about the night Travis shot Lily. She also recalls that Leonard Manitou has spoken about the Little People; she... (full context)
Chapter 33
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As Daunis heads to the ferry the next morning, she wonders if Travis was hallucinating or if he really saw Little People. And how can Auntie think Daunis... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...started writing about a student identified by a light bulb. Daunis figures this kid is Travis, as he was brilliant and inquisitive. Around Thanksgiving, David recorded a question Light Bulb asked:... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...honors both people’s spirits in a relationship. Privately, Daunis thinks of Lily’s final words to Travis, that they needed to be their own people and that she couldn’t keep supporting him.... (full context)
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...and with the responsibility of protecting her community. Now, she’s pretty sure she knows how Travis created meth-X. (full context)
Chapter 37
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Daunis thinks back to when Lily broke up with Travis over Christmas break. He made lots of grand gestures that sometimes convinced Lily to try... (full context)
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Daunis knows now that Travis added the love medicine to meth, but the love medicine wasn’t what he thought it... (full context)
Chapter 42
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...her Spirit name again and again. When she falls asleep, she’s back in the night Travis shot Lily. Lily is dead, and Travis tells Daunis that “They” are so mad at... (full context)
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...desk. Fingering Dad’s choker, Daunis thinks of everything that happened last night—and her dream about Travis and Lily. The gift is a framed photo of Levi, Dad, and Daunis. As she... (full context)
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...which parts of it are for Stormy and Mike, and she identifies what must be Travis’s old gaming chair. Daunis digs through Levi’s closet and finds his paper bank statements. Starting... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...goose chase after discovering the meth wasn’t hallucinogenic. He went missing after visiting Angie Flint, Travis’s mom, so Angie needs to be questioned. Grant is involved if he’s donating the pucks,... (full context)
Chapter 44
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...says that Levi is mixed up in something bad, and it has to do with Travis and Lily. She talks about him going to Sugar Island to talk sense into Travis;... (full context)
Chapter 46
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...started dating a guy from Vegas who dealt meth. She started selling to friends, and Travis started using. He said that the meth just made him skate faster. Mike says the... (full context)
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Mike picks up the story. He says that Travis started using his own product, added psychedelic mushrooms, and then added more “wild stuff” while... (full context)
Chapter 49
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Daunis asks if they’d be unstoppable because Levi gets away with everything—she knows Travis took the blame for the BB gun incident. Suddenly stoic, Levi calls someone and tells... (full context)
Chapter 56
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...came from without her. Daunis knows she wants to be with Jamie—but she also remembers Travis telling Lily that he needed her and couldn’t do it without her. Granny June’s warning... (full context)