Why was Nathaniel (Natty Bumppo) so trusted by the Native Americans as well as by the White settlers?

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Payal Khullar | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Nathaniel (Natty Bumppo or Hawkeye) is the protagonist of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans (as well as the other four Leatherstocking Tales). He is born to White parents and is grown up with the Native Americans (Delaware tribe and Moravians). He can, in this way, be called as both a White man and a Native American. His existence blurs the borderline between the White community and the Native settlers. Unlike the civilized, European men, Nathaniel is well acquainted with the natural landscape of the New World and is a sharp, courageous and skilled warrior. At the same time, he is not deceitful, savage and villainous like Magua. He doesn’t support racism, although he is extremely proud of his White identity. He is in favor of interracial friendships. He is a true American hero who brings together the Whites and Indigenous settlers. He helps Colonal Munro in rescuing his kidnaped daughters. He shares a great bond with Uncas and Chingachgook. He is not bad to either of them. Inevitably, he is liked and trusted by both the races.

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