Original author- Robbie Robertson, retold by Ryan Li

Hiawatha And The Peacemaker 

Retold by Ryan Li

A long time ago, a terrible scream of grief and anger echoed through the trees that were charred black because of the recent battle of the Onondaga tribe against their own war chief Atotarho who turned evil. It was rumored that he had control over dark magic and had snakes in his hair.


    Hiawatha had returned to find his Onondaga village in ashes and his wife and three children dead.

Later, he travelled to a river by his village holding his spear which was bent and stained red with blood from months of fighting. When he arrived, the river was roaring like thunder and the current was . It was almost like the river was angry too.He saw that that it would be impossible to collect water from the river.He walked for miles upon miles looking for a water source he could collect water from. He passed a few more thundering rivers until he finally reached a clear blue lake that was so calm, you couldn’t even see a single wave, not even a tiny one. His throat was now so dry that he even forgot that he was angry at Atotarho. When he finished drinking water, he remembered why he had just walked miles upon miles away from his village to collect water. It was because Atotarho destroyed his village and killed everyone else in it. His thoughts were interrupted by the sound of bows being raised and swords being taken out of their scabbards. He quickly looked around and saw Atotarho’s men. There were five of them, each was tall, bulky, and armed with a bow and a sword.

They were already notching an arrow into their bows. Hiawatha started running but it was too late. One of the men yelled, “fire” ! Four of the arrows missed but one of the arrows hit him right in the shin. His shin instantly turned glistening red. He drove his spear into a nearby pine tree. The tree wobbled, then fell on Atotarho’s men. Than he went to the lake and cleaned out his wound and went and bandaged his leg with grass. That was when he heard the sound of sloshing water. He was terrified, thinking that Atotarho sent more men after him by water, but it was just a man in a white stone canoe. When he got off, Hiawatha said, “who are you, are you allied with Atotarho?” The Peacemaker stammered, “no, I am not on Atotarho’s side”. Than the Peacemaker said, “ M-my n-n-name is th-the P-P-P-Peacemaker. I h-h-have c-c-come to b-bring a message o-of peace. J-join me. I k-know w-w-what happened t-to you. I-It h-happened t-to me too.


      Hiawatha hesitated, then agreed to join the Peacemaker.

Together they travelled to the land of the Cayuga tribe in the Peacemakers canoe. They told the the chief about bringing peace to the once united Iroquois. The Cayuga chief said, “ We respect your message but  we need proof  that you can bring peace. Atotarho is too strong, too violent. He will never agree.”

        So they set off towards the Seneca tribe. They sailed through rough waves that roared like thunder. When they reached shore near the Seneca village, it was already night. So the Peacemaker and Hiawatha slept in the canoe for the night. When they woke up, they saw smoke rising from the Seneca village. They quickly ran in and saw the Seneca people rebuilding their almost completely destroyed village. The lookout tower was snapped, a huge hole in the wall, the longhouse in ashes and some houses torn apart.