Calo and Frank take Calo's uncles' horses on a little adventure. They ride near the Mississippi River, and past a swamp. As they ride, Calo learns a little about American Indian history, and he thinks about howmuch he likes water.
After stopping for a drink, a man named Joseph creeps up behind
them with a musket pointed at Calo—he is a real American Indian, and Frank's
friend, so he welcomes them and explains that he is the Tunica tribe.
But how can one person be a whole tribe? Well, Joseph was
forced to leave his land, and after he left, the remaining members of his tribe
were killed, so that makes him the last full-blooded Tunica alive.
Joseph freaks out a little when Calo tells him he is
full-blooded Sicilian, because Sicilians were blamed for bringing yellow fever
to the States. Frank, however, says that this was a lie white men spread about
Italians so no one would like them.
Joseph offers the guys some venison jerky, which Calo is
surprised to find out that he really likes.
Then Joseph gets out some clay and says every Tunica man knows
how to make pottery.
So they all make bowls outside while Frank chatters on about
Calo draws on the outside of his bowl while singing a song
Patricia taught him.