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  Hiawatha and             the            Peacemaker

 

 

 There once was a village that a man named Hiawatha and his family  lived in. But one day a man named Tadodaho destroyed the village  killed Hiawatha’s wife and daughters. When Hiawatha saw the ruins  of his village he sat down and looked up at the sky, plotting revenge  on Tadodaho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suddenly he saw a white boat with a strange man on it. The man stepped off the boat and looked at Hiawatha. The man said,” I am the Peacemaker. I need you to unite the tribes because I cannot speak very well.”

 

Hiawatha agreed and went with the Peacemaker to unite the Cayuga tribe. Once they got there, the peacemaker gathered them and sat down. Then he said,” I see a new life. I don’t see defeat. We can spread peace instead of war. Join me.

So the Cayuga chief agreed and together they paddled as one nation. Then they traveled to the Seneca tribe. Hiawatha said to them, “Alone we are weak, together we are strong. We need to stand together or we will perish. Join me.

 

So together they paddled as two nations. Then they went to the Oneida chief. The Oneida people bound their hands. The Peacemaker spoke about uniting all the nations but his words had not power on the Oneida’s. Then the Peacemaker told Hiawatha to share his story. Hiawatha spoke of his great loss and how his wife and three daughters were killed in the violence. Hiawatha put a fist over his heart. “Join me.”

 

 

Then the Chief united them one by one. Hiawatha was joined by the Cayuga chief, the Seneca chief, the Oneida chief and the Peacemaker. Together they rode as three nations. Then they rowed to the Mohawk tribe. The Mohawk said Tadodaho is too great and powerful, but the Peacemaker said that we no longer use violence.”As a symbol of unity and peace I will climb to the top of this oak tree and your men will cut it down.” said the Peacemaker.

 

So he did. The oak tree fell and the Peacemaker was swept by the river. He had said he would not perish, but carried to safety by the river. Then the Mohawk will know his words are true. Everyone was stunned when the peacemaker fell. A woman approached the circle. She was a clan mother. She said, “This man has some to spread unity and peace. You have closed ears. You reject Tadodaho but you behave just like him! Let’s just hope he is alive.”

 

The next day they saw smoke on the other island. They went to find out what it was. The Peacemaker was sitting there next to the smoke. He said, “I have been waiting for you to find me.”

 

 

The clan mother warmed him up and the Mohawk chief was full of emotion. He decided to join Hiawatha. Together they paddled as four nations. Next they had to go to Tadodaho, the evil chief’s lodge to make peace. Tadodaho lived separately from the village. Guards stood by his home. They tried to get them away from the door but the Peacemaker rose his hands discouraging violence. A haunched over figure appeared at the door. Tadodaho was a scary sight. Sickness overwhelmed him. Scales covered his skin, and snakes crawled in his hair. He did not speak he just hissed with his forked tongue slithering out. Soon there was a fight going on. Suddenly a soft hymn was playing. The Peacemaker was making it. The hymn had stopped the fighting. The sky darkened and went black. Tadodaho cursed the sky. The Peacemaker finished and everything went back to normal. Then he told Hiawatha to make medicine for Tadodaho. Hiawatha gathered herbs and roots but he thought why would he help the man who killed his family. But he still put his heart and soul into it. Through this, Hiawatha’s anger disappeared. Tadodaho drunk the medicine and immediately his eyes softened and his breathing eased. He wondered why a man he brought so much pain to would help heal him. The Peacemaker told Tadodaho to continue taking the medicine and they would return to the Mohawk in three days. After those three days they returned to the tribes and a massive group of people followed to see their chief Tadodaho again. Tadodaho’s voice returned but he was still sick. The Peacemaker put a hand on his head and chanted. Tadodaho let out a scream and all of the snakes slithered from his head to the ground. The scales on his body were beginning to disappear. Everybody followed Hiawatha to the white pine. Again Hiawatha spoke for the Peacemaker, ”People of all nations now must come together as one. We will bury our weapons under this tree and plant it again. This will symbolize the end of war.

 

So they planted all of their weapons and worked together to push the oak tree back into place. “This shall be called the Tree of Peace.” said Hiawatha.

The Peacemaker put a fist to his heart and Hiawatha once again spoke, “As five nations we will bring forth peace, power, and righteousness. The woman of our tribes shall appoint the chiefs and will once again be protected by the Great Law. All voices will be heard as we now vote before action is taken.”

 

 

Tadodaho the crooked man was now standing upright. The Peacemaker spoke through Hiawatha, “There will be a guardian of Peace. It will be an eagle and that eagle will be you Tadodaho. You will be keeper of Peace and protector of the people.

 

Everyone began to clap and stomp and chant and drum. The sound grew louder and the melody soared through the pines. Tadodaho was gone. In his place was an eagle, perched on the branches of the tree. As five nations they looked up to see an eagle perched atop the Tree of Peace.

The End