In The Sign of the Beaver, what things did Matt and Attean learn from each other?

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The close friendship that develops between Matt and Attean becomes an education for both of them. As well as teaching Matt crucial survival skills, Attean also gives him an unprecedented insight into tribal culture and traditions. Most white people at the time viewed Native Americans with considerable suspicion and hostility, and this is the tradition which has surrounded Matt his whole life. Through his interactions with Attean, Matt comes to gain a profound respect for Native Americans, their heritage, and their way of life.

Matt teaches Attean how to read by using Robinson Crusoe as an instruction manual. However, Matt also learns something himself through reading the story, namely, that there is something not quite right about the...

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