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Fern earns his Name the winter before the Pow-wow. It is late for it, but he is late for everything; he is at least glad he'll be able to Dance the Sun Dance this year. Even his younger brother, Fox Hide, has Danced-- Fern is the last in his age group to do so. Whatever Chasing Badger might say it's not Fern's fault that the old shaman of their tribe, Snake Bite, purposefully held him away from leading a Hunt, the one thing every boy must do before he can Dance and be declared a man. In the end, it is his lack of a father or uncle that facilitates Fern's Hunt, his successful Hunt, and earns him his first feather and his new name.