Intertwining the lives of the Native Americans with the white Americans, enables the reader to become acquainted with the Native American way of life. They bind together, are fiercely loyal and generous. “Each family sharing what they didn’t need rather than hoarding it.”
Having been introduced to Jesus, the Native Americans try to adopt His teachings. They have an alternative way of life whilst embracing Christian values.
There is conflict within the novel which seems to me, to be stirred up by the white Americans who wish to make war and not peace with the Native Americans.