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The newest information is struggle has taken position with a few of the Tassantassuk who stumbled into the midst of our nice hunt. they'd no cause to be there, and it angered our males to work out them poking their noses in. a few idea they had come as a raiding occasion, able to do conflict with our humans, but if they have been stuck, such a lot of these Coatmen didn't behave good in any respect. they didn't even exhibit as a lot bravery as a boy who has now not but been reborn. i've got made up our minds to invite Rawhunt extra approximately it. As my father’s adviser, he consistently is aware the easiest fact of such occasions. it really is early morning and i've already long gone right down to the water, damaged the skinny ice to clean myself, and spoken my morning due to Kefgawes, whose struggle made the water glitter like rawrenock beads. Rawhunt smiles whilst he sees me arising from the river. he's sitting in entrance of his yihacan, yet he isn't on my own. My brother Naukaquawis is with him, and he, too, smiles as he turns to examine me. it's as though they already recognize what i'm approximately to invite. even supposing the snow was once at the floor, it's a hot day. So Naukaquawis is having fun with the sunlight on his naked chest and shoulders. “Amonute,” Rawhunt says, squinting at me, “what, what may possibly or not it's that you really want to grasp? ” I take a seat within the snow subsequent to my brother and wrap my hands round my legs. “Why are the Coatmen consistently touring approximately and looking out at issues? ” I ask. “What is it they're trying to find? ” “Ah, ah, ah,” Rawhunt says, shaking his head. “Even between our personal humans, it's not easy to assert what's inside of one other man’s middle except that individual chooses to inform you. it truly is even tougher, even more durable, by way of the Tassantassuk. For even supposing they've got usually instructed us what they're doing, it nonetheless is not sensible, no experience. they are saying they're going up and down our rivers simply because they're searching for stones to make ax heads. but we all know their very own axes are larger than ours, that are made up of stone. they are saying they're looking tips on how to get to an enemy those who harmed certainly one of their humans some time past, but they spend their time making the wads in their camp more desirable, as though they want to stick correct the place they're, correct the place they're. they are saying that their greatest swan canoe has simply sailed away to Kecoughtan and may go back quickly with its nice thunder guns. but we all know that it sailed a ways out into the good salt waters complete seasons in the past. they are saying that they need to be our associates, after which they beat our humans and deal with us like canines after we stopover at them. i'm afraid that it's as tough for the Coatmen to talk the reality because it is for many of them to teach genuine braveness, genuine braveness. ” Rawhunt pauses and pokes on the flooring ahead of him with a stick, creating a form within the snow like that of a crawling snake. “It additionally turns out that even supposing so much of them lack braveness, for a few cause these Coatmen are regularly taking a look, searching for difficulty. ” “What occurred within the struggle? ” I ask. Naukaquawis snorts. “Fight? It used to be hardly ever that, my sister. many of the males of Paspahegh took one of many Coatmen prisoner while he got here wading onto the shore from their enormous quintans.
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