The Tlingit Nation is a tribe of Native Americans who live on the coast of the Pacific Northwest, especially in Southeast Alaska. Garvey and Edwin, both of whom are Tlingit, introduce Cole to several aspects of Tlingit culture over the course of the novel. The Tlingit have been using restorative justice practices (alternatives to traditional jail sentences) for centuries, and the titular Spirit Bear is an important animal within Tlingit legends and spiritual practices. The Tlingit are known for their carved totem poles and woven blankets, like the at.óow blanket that Garvey gives Cole.
Tlingit Term Timeline in Touching Spirit Bear
The timeline below shows where the term Tlingit appears in Touching Spirit Bear. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...his yearlong banishment in Southeast Alaska—the only way to avoid jail in Minneapolis. Garvey, a Tlingit Indian and Cole’s parole officer, sits in the middle of the boat. Cole doesn’t trust... (full context)