Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 49 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 49 Summary

Again and again, Kunta stands in his vigil by the outhouse, watching the road. Kunta begins to pick up rocks and kill a rabbit that hops nearby. He deftly skins the rabbit (as his manhood training taught him to do in Africa), cuts the rabbit meat into strips, and dries the strips in his hut. The dried rabbit meat will serve as sustenance while Kunta flees in the tobacco cart. Kunta also makes a knife using a bent blade he finds and a piece of wood that he whittles. Most importantly, though, Kunta makes a “saphie” to wear around his shoulder. In the saphie, Kunta places a rooster feather, a bird bone, a horse hair—all to keep him spiritually safe, strong, and successful in his escape mission.

After another day of...

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