what is tashtegos ethnic background? And what does melville mean when he says of Tashtego "To look at the tawny brown of his lither snaky limbs, you would almost have credited the superstition of some of the early puritans"
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Answered by Aslan
Tashtego is a Native American from an island near Massachusetts. Tashtego would have been considered a "noble savage" by Puritans who would have thought him strong but godless.