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House Made of Dawn | Study Guide

N. Scott Momaday

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House Made of Dawn | Characters

Character Description
Abel Abel is a young Native American man who served in the United States military during World War II. He has just returned home to the reservation. Read More
Ben Benally Ben is a Native American living in Los Angeles who offers Abel a place to stay and tries to befriend him, even when Abel is drunk and belligerent. Read More
Francisco Francisco is Abel's grandfather. He lives on the reservation in New Mexico. Read More
Father Olguin Father Olguin is both a part of the reservation community and separate from it. He does not understand the people, even though he lives among them. Read More
Angela St. John Angela is a pregnant white woman who comes to New Mexico alone. She hires Abel to chop firewood and later has relations with him. Read More
John Big Bluff Tosamah Reverend John Big Bluff Tosamah lives in Los Angeles and preaches to the community. He has issues with Abel, whom he believes to be a "longhair" and unable to assimilate. Read More
Bonifacío Bonifacío is Father Olguin's altar boy.
Carlozini Carlozini is an old woman who lives in the apartment downstairs from Ben Benally's apartment.
Carrie Carrie is Milly's four-year-old daughter, who was stricken with a fever and died.
Cristóbal Cruz Cruz is John Big Bluff Tosamah's friend and assistant. His personality is seen through other people's perspectives and in general, he seems to support Tosamah.
Daniels Daniels is the foreman at the Los Angeles factory where Ben Benally and Abel work.
Henry Henry is the owner of The Silver Dollar, a bar in Los Angeles Ben Benally and Abel frequent.
Fat Josie Fat Josie was a large-figured Native American woman who healed Abel after he was injured in childhood.
Napoleon Kills-in-the-Timber Napoleon Kills-in-the-Timber was a participant, and the drummer, in the peyote ceremony.
Mariano Mariano is the boy Francisco outraces in the episode he remembers from when he was very young.
Martinez Martinez is a corrupt officer in Los Angeles. He brutally assaults Abel.
Milly Milly is a social worker in Los Angeles and has a brief relationship with Abel. Previously, she was married; her daughter died.
Fray Nicolás Fray Nicolás is Father Olguin's predecessor. He is dead at the time of the story and only known to the reader or primary characters via his journal.
Patiestewa Patiestewa is an old man who is head of the Eagle Watchers Society.
Peter Peter is Angela St. John's son.
Juan Reyes Juan Reyes Fragua is the albino who beats a rooster to death on Abel and whom Abel murders.
Mercedes Tenorio Mercedes Tenorio is a woman who wears turtle shells and starts a stomp dance.
Vidal Vidal was Abel's brother. He died during Abel's childhood.
Henry Yellowbull Henry Yellowbull was a participant in the peyote ceremony.
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