Brennan Cole - He is a fifteen-year-old boy and the main protagonist of Canyons.
Coyote Runs - He is a fourteen-year-old Apache Indian.
Mr. Homesley - He is a biology teacher at Brennan's school.
Bill Halverson - He is the latest boyfriend of Brennan's mother.
Tibbets - He is Mr. Homesley's Vietnam buddy and a pathologist in El Paso.
Magpie - He is Coyote Runs' friend and a few years older than Coyote Runs.
Brennan's Mother - She is a single woman who has raised her child alone most of his life.
Stoney Romero - He is Brennan's boss.
Bluebellies - This is what the Apache call the soldiers because of the uniforms they wear.
Youth Group - Bill is the leader of this.
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