Chapters 16-18 Summary
In the afternoon, Attean returns to Matt's cabin, with his face "hideously painted" and a row of bear claws on a cord around his neck. His village is preparing a feast with the meat he has provided, and his grandfather has invited Matt to attend. The boys walk through the woods for over an hour and cross a small river in a canoe; the Indian village is on the other side. When Matt follows Attean into an open area filled with smoke, the Indians gathered around the fire at its center do not seem to notice him at first, but when Saknis, who is clearly their leader, welcomes him, they greet him with a "terrifying yell."
Matt watches as Attean shares a pipe with his grandfather, then...
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