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What does Mafatu discover when he looks at the banana tree?

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In Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry, Mafatu, the main character, lands on a deserted island after leaving his own home in a dugout canoe. When he explores the opposite side of the island from where he landed, he views a sheltered valley below him where a stream flows. He wonders whether he will find people there.

He is at the base of a volcanic crater, and natural "lava slides" flow down into the valley....

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