Bringing Home the Boy
by N. A. Nelson

1. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what happens on Tirio’s 6th birthday?
* His mother sets him adrift on the Amazon River in a corpse canoe. p. 1 -2

2. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what is a suwata curara?
* A death canoe. p. 1

3. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what tribe does Tirio belong to?
* The Tukanami tribe p. 1

4. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what is the boy Luka preparing for?
* His soche seche tente test p. 3

5. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what is the soche seche tente ritual?
* Sixth-sense test the first-born son in the Tukanami tribe must go through
at age thirteen to become a man p. 3

6. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what happens during the soche seche tente test?
* Boys are abandoned in the jungle and must use their senses and the sixth-sense
connection with their father to get safely back to their village. p. 3

7. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, when do boys learn who their fathers are?
* Only after passing the soche seche tente test p. 4

8. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, who is Tukkita?
* The shaman of the Tukanami people p. 4

9. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, who is Sara?
* The woman who finds Tirio on the river and later adopts him p. 10

10. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, who is Joey?
* Tirio’s best friend in Miami. p. 6

11. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what is physically wrong with Tirio?
* He is lame (bad foot). p. 18

12. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, who are Sulai and Karara?
* Luka’s sisters p. 24

13. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, where are Sara and Tirio going to be for Tirio’s
thirteenth birthday?
* They are going back to the Amazon. p. 32

14. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what is Tirio planning to do when he and Sara
return to the Amazon?
* Complete his soche seche tante to prove himself to his father p. 36


15. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, how is Luka’s sister different from other Takunami women?
*She doesn’t cut her hair and is more defiant. p. 39

16. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, who trains Luka before his soche seche tente?
* His maha (mother) p. 40

17. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what strange things are happening to Tirio right before he returns to the Amazon?
* He starts to hear voices and his senses are heightened. p. 46-47

18. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what does Tirio tell joey is causing Tirio to hear voices?
* He believes his father is calling him back to the Amazon. p. 47-48

19. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what secret does Tirio learn about Joey’s parents because of his heightened senses?
* Joey’s parents are divorcing. p. 51

20. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what is the Punhana?
* The bird of death that delivers a message of a coming death to a child who sees it p. 66

21. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, where does Tirio go to train for his soche seche tente before he goes to the Amazon?
* The Miami zoo p. 68

22. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, Luka tells his mother a lie about his sister Karara after a training lesson. What happens because of his lie?
* His mother cuts off Karara’s hair and tells her she is no longer welcome at home. p. 84

23. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, who is Juan Diego?
* Sara’s friend from the research center in the Amazon p. 92

24. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, before he is able to complete his soche seche tente, what happens to Luka’s father?
* He dies. p. 112

25. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, as Tirio travels down the Amazon in search of his old village, what seems to be guiding down the river?
* The glowing eyes of the caimans p. 116

26. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, when Luka blames Karara for their father’s death, what does Tukkita tell him?
* His father would have died sooner if Karara had not helped him with her powers
as a shaman. p. 121-122

27. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what does Tukkita say killed Luka’s father?
* A special tea given to his father by his mother to ensure a boy would be born
poisoned his father. p. 122-124


28. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, who does Luka come to blame for his father’s death?
* Himself because his mother wanted a boy p. 126

29. In the book Bringing the BoysHome, when Tirio realizes his father is trying to help him during Tirio’s soche seche tente, what does Tirio do?
* Refuses to let his father help him. p. 131-133

30. In the books Bringing the Boy Home, what is stalking Tirio in the jungle as he tries to get to his village?
* A jaguar p. 149

31. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, when Luka goes through a ritual to see his future, what does he see?
* He is married and has a crippled son. p. 159-160

32. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, instead of completing his soche seche tente on his thirteenth birthday, what happens to Luka?
* He gets married. p. 162

33. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, how is Tirio injured when he is attacked by
the black jaguar?
* The jaguar slashes his leg. p. 169

34. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, who saves Tirio from the black jaguar?
* A female jaguar p. 169-170

35. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, how are Tirio and Luka related?
* Luka is Tirio’s father. p. 172

36. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what does Sulali use to close the wound in Tirio’s leg?
* The pinchers of giant ants p. 175

37. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what is Luka’s answer to Tirio about why
he sent him away?
* Luka says it was a misunderstanding by Tirio’s mother who thought Luka was going
to have Tirio killed because he was crippled. p. 181-184

38. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what happened to Tirio’s mother?
* She killed herself. p. 181

39. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, whose deaths does Luka feel guilty for?
* His father, his wife, and his sister Karara p. 186

40. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, who is the female jaguar that saved Tirio?
* The spirit of Karara p. 191

41. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what ceremony doe Tirio and Luka go
through together?
* Soche seche tente to be accepted as men by the tribe p. 195

42. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, what will happen to Luka when Tirio goes back to his life with Sara?
* Luka will have a second wife chosen for him by the Good Gods. p. 205

43. In the book Bringing the Boy Home, when Tirio returns to the research camp, who also shows up at the camp?
* The female jaguar p. 209