Last of the Mohicans

What does Hawk-eye mean by the statement?

Twould have been a cruel and an inhuman act for a white skin; but tis the gift and natur of an indian.

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This statement refers to the act of 'scalping' and is made in direct reference to the cultural differences between the Native Americans and the whites. For the white man, this is a moral issue and one to be guided by conscience and the feeling or knowledge of right and wrong; for the Indians it isn't a hideous and unfeeling act but rather a custom, part of the Indian way of life.


Last of the Mohicans