Pike is the salt of the earth.
Simple, unpretentious, unassuming, he accepts himself and others exactly the way they are. And he can get away with stuff the others probably couldn't, because of his fun-loving attitude and humble nature. In Dreamtime, Pike gets away with hunting alone with little more than an irritated question: "What are you doing hunting alone?" Pike never actually answers the question or apologizes, and Cutter lets him get away with it!
In fact, I can think of several other incidents where he is disobedient to his chief without consequences.
Pike is a strong, contributing member of the tribe, both in storytelling and in fishing/hunting. He knows he's valuable to the others, and that he doesn't need to be born of Recognition to make it so. And I imagine he is invaluable on cold winter nights when game is scarce, and the others need a good chuckle and a dreamberry-head tale. . .