Howard’s father has been taken away by four men in black coats. In a state of shock, Howard searches for traces of his father in the woods. As he makes his way toward Tagg Pond, he experiences his first epileptic seizure; his vision shatters and splinters as though he is looking through the lens of a kaleidoscope.
Some pre-epileptic auras are described as visual star showers, waves of color, flower-like, abstracted patterns that are almost fractal in nature. Fractal geometry finds underlying patterns and forms in nature – clouds, snowflakes, ocean waves, the nautilus shell, leaves and tree branches –these patterns can resemble the faceted images seen in a kaleidoscope.
There was – and is – a Native American family named Sabattus.
Mitchell Sabattus was a pure-blooded Indian of the Abenaki tribe. His father, Pierjon (Captain Peter Sabattus), fought with the Americans in the Revolution and the War of 1812. Both Mitchell and his father were known for their abilities as a hunters and trappers.
The birchbark canoe was first used by the Algonquin Indians in what is now the northeastern part of the United States and adjacent Canada.
In the summer months the bark of the birch is easily removed in large sheets, making it possible to create large canoes. In traditional construction, the bark was sewn together with roots and caulked with resin; sheathing and ribs were pressed into the sheet of bark, which was hung from a gunwale temporarily supported by stakes.