Chapters 13-15 Summary
In the thick woods one day, Matt and Attean find a fox caught in a cruel iron trap. Attean notes that the implement belongs to a white man because Indians do not use traps made of iron. Though the fox is suffering, Attean will not touch it. It is on the grounds of the turtle clan, and their hunting rights, above all, must be respected.
Attean says that once there was enough game for everyone, but then the white man came and began to hunt for skins only and paid the Indians to set his traps. Matt reacts angrily. He is fed up with Attean's undying contempt for the white man, and he cannot understand an Indian code that allows him to leave an animal behind to suffer. Matt wonders if...
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