Defiant Elk claims his opponents’ valor on Chapter 13, Page 27. Blaise has opinions about it. Elk tells him to stuff his opinion. What is Snow up to during this? Please vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics and find out!
So this page. I spent a long, long time thinking about this page. It’s subject matter is controversial, and I didn’t want to walk into it lightly. So I talked about it with historians and native artists. I did research. In the end, I decided to include it, because it is setting up important events later in the story.
Also, this practice did happen, and to remove it entirely would be a form of erasure and an embrace of the noble savage stereotype, which I’ve worked hard to avoid. Toothy Kit and Defiant Elk are both protagonists, but they have their flaws. They are grappling with radical cultural change that is upending their way of life.
Finally, I am drawing upon the spiritual reasons why the nations of the northeastern woodlands scalped in the first place. Elk isn’t doing this for a bounty. That would happen in real history as the colonists sought to manipulate the natives for their own gain.
If this page is offensive in anyway, please accept my apologies. This page is important for later events and was not a casual decision.