BC: Touching Spirit Bear
FC: Mr.&Mrs.Driscal | Garvey | Peter | Mr.&Ms. Matthews | Cole | Edwin
1: Mr. and Mrs.Driscal were Peter's parents. In the story they are angry at Cole for obvious reasons. They dont believe that Cole has changed from the kid he used to be. They were against sending him to the island because they felt he didn't deserve a chance. Towards the end of the story they let it up to Cole to help peter through his depression.
3: Mr.Matthews is Cole's dad. In the story it told how he beats Cole. So, when Cole gets in trouble he doesn't try to help Cole when he is in trouble. All he does is pay to get Cole out of trouble. During the circle justice meeting Cole tells that his father beats him. Mr.Matthews gets in trouble but never goes to jail because he pays his way out. Unlike Cole' mom he doesn't visit him after he is mauled. As a child Cole's dad was beaten by his parents.
5: Mrs.Matthews is Cole's mother. She is a quiet, shy, and beautiful woman. She is a drunk. in the story she drinks because it helps her forget reality which is that her son is being beaten. She doesn't stick up for Cole in the beginning of the story. After Cole gets mauled she divorces and quits drinking. She also starts to show Cole that she cares about him. She even sticks up for him at a circle justice meeting. In the end she an Mr.Matthews are fighting for custody of Cole.
7: Garvey is a Tlingit Indian. He is also Cole's parole officer. Garvey has experience with the island Cole is staying on. Garvey is also one of the first people to help Cole with his problems. He says he has to help others to help himself. Garvey was the first person the Cole trusted. He is one of the main reasons Cole got a chance to try to live on the island.
9: Edwin is a Tlingit elder. He accompanied Cole on his first trip to the island. He also built the cabin that Cole burnt down on his first visit. Like Garvey he has experience on the island, he stayed a year when he was younger. Edwin was another one of the people that showed Cole that he cared. He taught Cole about the pond that he soaked in to relief his anger, and he told Cole about the ancestor rock. After Cole came back to the mainland Edwin was one of the people who had a big role in getting Cole a second chance on the island.
11: Peter is the boy that Cole beats up in the beginning of the story. Peter is a ninth grader that tells on Cole for vandalizing a hard-ware store. After Peter was beat up and sent to the hospital he had problems with talking and moving. Peter attended the meetings but didn't talk much. But everyone knew he was angry at Cole. After Cole went back to the island the second time Peter tried to commit suicide twice. Cole insisted for Peter to come to the island. When he got there he was afraid of Cole. But after awhile he started to abuse Cole. The last time he beat Cole they forgave each other. Peter also helped Cole the space on Cole's totem pole.
13: Cole is th main character of the story. He also has anger problems. His anger problems got him into a lot of trouble throughout the story. The first time is when he lost it and beat Peter up after Peter told on him. Cole was sentenced to a on year banishment on a remote Alaskan island. During the banishment he lost his anger again and burnt down the cabin he was supposed to live in for the year. Then he attacked the bear and was almost killed. After the attack he got a second chance on the island. During the second visit Peter joined him because he tried to commit suicide. Cole thought he could help. Peter attacked Cole many time. But Cole and Peter finally forgave each other.