She also connects her character’s personal life to Curtis’ throughout the novel, highlighting that his gravesite is in Los Angeles where the character “Marianne” lives 1
and commenting that “Curtis’s own father was my great-grandfather’s contemporary and had fought beside him in the Civil War” 2
. Ultimately, the two storylines converge when Marianne’s character discovers that a man named Curtis Edwards has assumed her dead father’s identity. She also meets a Native American named “Owns His Shadow” whose father worked with Curtis. Ultimately, Wiggins’ meditation on Curtis’ life and work allows her to discover more about herself. In the last chapter, she promises “Owns His Shadow” she will go on a “Vision Quest” with him, using Native American practices to discover herself. Wiggins, like the Youtube commenters, projects her character’s concerns, beliefs, and values onto Native American iconography through Curtis.