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Why is it a problem that Chief Chowig tells Captain Orlov his secret name? My class is doing a written response for chapter 4 from the book "Island of the Blue Dolphins." 

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There are many indigenous cultures throughout the world where revealing one's real name to outsiders is considered taboo. Generally, this is because a name isn't just a name in such societies; it's a sacred identity passed down by the gods through successive generations of village elders.

That being the case, if you reveal your true identity to an outsider you're effectively giving him a part of your soul. Once he's in possession of this, the outsider can then do great harm toward you as you're no longer under the full protection of the gods, having given away a crucial part of your...

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