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True Son's admiration for Cuyloga reveals that his Indian father is the most important person in his life. We can imagine how strange it must feel to be given up by the person he believes to be his only father and by the person he has grown up idolizing. This is one of many experiences True Son faces in which he must learn to grow up and see his world for what it truly is. Although his father loves him, he is not perfect and True Son must accept that Cuyloga cannot protect him from everything. His father's last words are very important because they are the guidelines by which True Son will try to live his life.

In describing the chapter through the eyes of Del Hardy, the author gives us a more complete perspective on True Son's story and shows us many differences between white and Indian culture. We learn that the whites are not trying to punish True Son as he may believe, but rather they are under the impression that they are "saving" him from the barbaric Indians. This is a confusing idea because it seems unfair to force someone away from his family, but we have to keep in mind that True Son was stolen from his white family eleven years ago. In addition, many whites are ignorant (unknowing) of Indian culture. They have been raised to believe that Indians are bloodthirsty, just as True Son has been raised to believe that whites are evil. Many of the soldiers had family members who were killed or kidnapped by Indians, so they imagine Indians as a very brutal and uncivilized people who have been mistreating their white captives. This idea that the violent actions of a small group represent the values of an entire race is a misunderstanding that both Indians and whites have. Both groups are very ethnocentric, which means that they each believe their culture and beliefs are best.

The language Del uses to describe Indians is very indicative of white ignorance and prejudice. He refers to them as devils, Injuns, and savages as if they are not even human. However, despite his belief in the superiority of the white race, Del is more complicated than the other white soldiers since he at least has some knowledge and respect for Indian ways. For this reason, Del is understanding of True Son's loyalty to the Indian people. His attempts to reason with True Son are made out of sympathy; he truly believes that he is helping the boy, and he is no longer portrayed as the malicious character that True Son views him as in the first chapter. Del also points out an interesting characteristic of True Son's name. Although he is called "True Son," the boy has does not even acknowledge his true white parents.

True Son's last statement to Del is important because it introduces a new theme concerning the differing perspectives white and Indians have about freedom. Del cannot understand what True Son means by a "place where you can't tramp me with your big foot" because, like the other whites, he feels as if he is liberating True Son from the Indians. Del believes, as we do today, that the frontier settlements were places where people could be free; he does not see them as restrictive or oppressive. True Son, however, is used to a different kind of freedom, the Indian life in which you can sleep under the stars and live as one with nature. When the whites take him away from his Indian family, he feels like a prisoner who has lost all of his rights.