This quote is when Ten Bears is talking to John Dunbar and John finally sees that the natives aren’t looking for war or fights. They are looking for peace and for the whites to stay out of their homeland. To the natives all the “invaders” have been forced/ pushed out by the tribes of the Frontier but they are worried of the whites because they have more advanced weapons than the previous people. John wanted to be stationed in the Frontier because he wanted to see the land before the whites destroy it and take control.
When John got to his base camp he had wondered what happened to the previous soldiers. Then he noticed that the previous soldiers’ supplies, wagons, guns, and uniforms have all been thrown into the lake. He also noticed that caves were built so he wondered what had driven the men to hide in caves. One day John was swimming and he saw a horse that wasn’t his, so he started walking toward his quarters and a native walked out. John fell to the ground and watched the native while he looked around. Then John got confidence and started walking toward the native. When the native saw him he fled in fear but John was confused at the time.
When the native got back to his tribe he told everybody that the white men have come back but there was only one white man that he saw. He told his tribe that John had no fear in his eyes and approached me. So the natives sent out a small group of warriors to watch John, but they just end up trying to