The Marrow Thieves (Characters (Frenchie (16) (Metis, hunters, trappers,…
The Marrow Thieves
Metis, hunters, trappers, voyageurs, fast learner, good climber, respectful towards his Elders.
He is young and sometimes immature, due to a lack of experience. He also is impulsive. For example, he didn't think twice before killing Travis, he let his emotions take control of his actions. Instead of moving forward, he sometimes lives in the past and thinks about what he could've done, not what he learned from the situation.
Husband taken away (schools), escaped the schools, wise, selfless, careful, father figure for the group, protective.
He is the leader of the group, the one in charge of their safety and well being. He is also the father figure of the young ones. With his knowledge, younger ones in the group look up to him. Frenchie absorbs everything Miig tells him. It is obvious that he is still coping with the loss of Isaac. However, he uses it as a reason to survive and continue his journey. He encourages other group members to do the same, to not forget the people of their past, but to use the thought of them as motivation.
Recruiters raped her, left her, took her grandson, calm, caring (motherly), teaches Cree language, sacrifices herself.
West, Cree lands, mysterious, "street smart", athletic, quiet, protective, good at moving quietly through the forest, obedient.
Tree, Zheegwon (12)
experiments on Indian twins, pinky missing, 7 when they joined Miig, stick together, obedient.
East Coast, came with 1 parent, dad ran into Recruiter camp, useful, is aware of what is going on with the Recruiters and the schools, wants to stay a child and likes to play with Riri.
Alcoholic mother, older brother (left), lost eye, rape, alone for 2 years before joining Miig, mysterious, rebellious, serious, intimidating, caring, doesn't trust people easily.
Metis, came with 1 parent, baby, joyful, innocent
She was the glue that held the group together. Every one cared for her and wanted to protect her. She brought joy and positivity to the not so pleasant journey. She wanted to hear Story and learn about her history. Instead of constantly thinking about the Recruiters, Frenchie (for example) could take care of her to take his mind off of it.
Good hunter, likes to learn from her Elders (Minerva), respectful towards her and Miigwans
Where => Canada, Ontario
When => In the future, dystopian society, social issues, crisis
Climate change: rising water level, tsunamis, tornados, earthquakes, changed weather, abandoned buildings
Family: the group of Indigenous people are a family. They all come from different families, but because they stick together, they become each other's family. Younger ones learn from the Elders, they all have a certain role among the group. We understand the importance of sticking together in the indigenous culture. They all protect each other as if they were blood related and never turned on each other.
Story telling: "Story" is literally the story of how the world has changed and how it became so chaotic. The youth wants to know Story to understand how the world has became the way it has. The author is trying to teach us the importance of knowing where you come from and passing this knowledge down to younger generations. Our Coming to Story explains why we are the way we are. Every time a member of the group shares their Coming to story, it brings them all closer together. Sharing a story is a moment when everyone is united.
Survival: characters are hiding and trying to survive in the woods.They also learn to survive without their love ones (ex: parents, siblings...). Some people are willing to do anything in order to survive. You never know what you're capable of doing in this type of situation until you are in the middle of hit.
Dreams: In the novel, "dreaming" means "being human". People are ready to do anything in order to being able to dream again. Dreaming is also a very important part of the Indigenous culture, they believe in them (their meaning) in a spiritual level. Characters dream of a better future, meaning not having to hide and be in constant fear. Dreaming is what keeps them alive, it's what keeps them sane.
Trust, Betrayal, Sacrifice: In the novel, characters meet other characters. Some of their "allies" are in fact working for their enemies.They learn to trust the right people after being betrayed. Some characters are willing to sacrifice themselves so save the lives of others. Frenchie learns to trust himself, trust his instincts.
Plot (major events)
Mitch gets taken away. He sacrifices himself to the Recruiters in order to save his little brother, Frenchie.
Frenchie meets Miigwans and (joins) his family. After Mitch gets taken away, Frenchie hides in the woods from the Recruiters. The group finds him in a not so good condition (he had fell and hurt his ankle).
Arrival at Four Winds Resort (northwest, near James Bay). The group takes a break from the woods. Minerva tells the story of the Rogarou. We learn about the coming to story of Wab.
Group meets Travis and Lincoln, two Indigenous people that are in the woods. They don't know if they are their allies or their enemies.
Death of Riri. Travis and Lincoln work for the Recruiters. They betray the group and plan to give them to the Recruiters. Lincoln runs away with Riri and jumps down a cliff with her.
Minerva is taken away by Recruiters. The group sleeps in an abandoned barn. Minerva sacrifices herself in order to save the group.
The group meets an other group of Indigenous people (resistance group). They join them. They discover that other Indigenous people are hiding with them. Frenchie reunites with his father. Frenchie's dad is part of the Council (the original Council from the beginning of the book).
*Minerva at school #47E: Minerva sings during the entire drive after being taken away by Recruiters. She continues her singing throughout the marrow extraction process. She then channels the energy from her dreams and destroys the school.