Despite Natty's repeated and insistent reliance upon the differences between the races in his code, there is nothing racist in his approach. He believes that white men and Indians can live closer in peace with each other and nature if they recognize and accept differences in their respective races. For example, Natty and Chingachgook are closer friends and better allies than Natty and Hurry Harry, who are immediately and consistently antipathetic to one another.The code, then, is based soundly on recognition and mutual acceptance of differences between the races on the continent, and Natty never makes the boast that the white man is superior to the natives because no clear standards of distinction exist. And, in fact, many of the tenets of Natty's code could be transferred to the Indian code. Many aspects, likewise, are uniquely fitted to Natty's definition of
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