While Seattle is troubled by the Indian Killer, a serial murderer who kills and scalps white people, several people struggle with ideas of "authentic" Indian-ness. One possible suspect is John Smith, a Native American who was adopted by white people as a baby. John doesn't know which tribe he is descended from, and feels alienated from both cultures. He is a construction worker on a skyscraper project, thinking this connects him with the Mohawk iron work... The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Arnold Spirit, Jr. known to most people simply as Junior, is a fourteen year old kid growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
He suffers from some physical problems from a birth defect and is teased by the other kids on the reservation, his only friend is a big tough kid called Rowdy who protects him from bullies, maybe because his own father beats him. Junior dreams of becoming a cartoonist but because of the poverty around him he doesn't think...