Adrian. - This character discusses how drinking ruins so many lives on the reservation with the narrator.
Samuel Builds-a-Fire. - This character loses his job on his/her birthday and begins drinking alcohol, something that this character always avoids.
Thomas Builds-a-Fire. - This character is a compulsive storyteller but remains silent for twenty years.
Crazy Horse. - This Indian is a mid-nineteenth-century Lakota Indian known for his courage in battle and for his fierce resistance to white encroachment who appears in dreams as a symbol of what male Indians had once been.
Lester Falls Apart. - This is a comical figure who appears in a number of stories.
Victor Joseph. - Named after two famous Nez Perce chiefs, this character is the narrator and protagonist in the stories in Alexie's novel.
James Many Horses. - This character is dying of cancer but cannot stop telling jokes about it.
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