The Birchbark House - Character Map
Updated: 1/2/2017
The Birchbark House - Character Map
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The Birchbark House Lesson Plans

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

Lesson Plans by Elizabeth Pedro

In the prologue, a crew of men find a baby girl, the only survivor of a smallpox epidemic, on Spirit Island. The main story begins by introducing Omakayas as a seven year old girl living with her family: her mother, Yellow Kettle, her beautiful old sister, Angeline, and Grandma Nokomis. She also has an annoying younger brother, Pinch, a sweet baby brother Neewo, her father, Deydey, and family friend, Old Tallow.




The Birchbark House

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  • Omakayas
  • Physical/Character Traits:
  • What challenges does this character face?
  • • smallpox attacks her family • Neewo and Ten Snows dies • has to survive the winter • has to survive the chimookomanug
  • • This character grows up quickly; she experiences death in her community and has to take on adult responsibilities.
  • How does this character change over time?
  • • shining, brown eyes • wide grin, missing front teeth • 7 years old • loving/caring
  • Nokomis
  • What challenges does this character face?
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  • Deydey
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  • What challenges does this character face?
  • How does this character interact with the main character?
  • Yellow Kettle
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  • How does this character interact with the main character?
  • What challenges does this character face?
  • Angeline
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  • What challenges does this character face?
  • How does this character interact with the main character?
  • Little Pinch
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  • Neewo
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  • How does this character interact with the main character?
  • Old Tallow
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  • How does this character interact with the main character?
  • Fishtail
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  • How does this character interact with the main character?
  • Ten Snows
  • How does this character interact with the main character?
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  • What challenges does this character face?
  • What challenges does this character face?
  • What challenges does this character face?
  • What challenges does this character face?
  • What challenges does this character face?
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