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Book about a kid that takes a knife from an indian grave and gets stalked by the ghost

I read this book in the early 90s.  This kid is on a camping trip, gets lost during a storm and finds something tangled in the roots. He works it out and discovers it's an ancient knife. He takes it home, but he soon notices strange things happening. He realizes it's an old Indian knife. He researches the tribe and discovers they believed in a hellish afterlife, which is they were usually buried with their weapons. They would need to defend themselves in the afterlife. He realizes he stole an Indian artifact, and the strange things are from the ghost. I remember he has a dream where he is in the tribe's afterlife, but he's ok because he has the knife. He realizes how bad it would be without any protection. He decides to return it. He makes his way through the woods and finds the spot where he found it. On a clear sunny day he can plainly see that he pried it out of the dead skeleton's hand, and he's surprised he thought it was roots. He puts the knife back in the skeleton's hand and closes it, and then he buries the rest of the skeleton and covers it with rocks. The Strange hauntings he had experienced end up stopping after returning the knife.
asked Jun 18, 2016 in Name That Book by master41 (535 points)

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Found it. It's called, "The Rain Ghost."
answered Feb 8, 2020 by master41 (535 points)