How did the grandmother react to Matt's sudden visit to the Indian village and why?

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The first time Matt went to the Indian village was shortly after he and Attean killed the bear. The village was having a feast to celebrate the bear kill. Saknis gave Attean permission to invite Matt to the feast because of his crucial part in killing the bear with Attean....

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The first time Matt went to the Indian village was shortly after he and Attean killed the bear. The village was having a feast to celebrate the bear kill. Saknis gave Attean permission to invite Matt to the feast because of his crucial part in killing the bear with Attean. When he arrived, he realized that not everyone was as happy as Attean and Saknis that he was there.

Attean's grandmother was unhappy that any "white man" was coming to the village, even a child who was her grandson's friend. Attean's parents were both dead. His mother had been killed by the "white man." When Attean's father went to find the people responsible for killing his wife, he never returned. From that time, Attean's grandmother wanted nothing to do with the "white man" and hated all of them.

Later in the story, she had a change of heart and invited Attean to the village herself after Matt helped to save the life of Attean's dog.

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