The Great Law

 

By Robbie Robertson

 

Retold by Charlotte

 

The great gloom that beheld this place suited my mood. Terrible things had I witnessed. My tribe was destroyed. My family was killed, their blood spilled on the evil Tadodaho's hand. Only he could have done this to me, the man whose name is a curse in itself. Tadodaho. I seethed with rage at the sound of his name ringing in my ears. My heart was full of revenge for my people. None other than HIM could have done this to me and left me with such grief in my body.

The horrifying reality overwhelmed me. “MY FAMILY IS DEAD!” I screamed, my voice echoing around the mass of dead pines.

The eerie silence was horrid. The day passed quickly and silently the horrors of nightfall came upon me. I finally realised I had stood on the same rock all day. My sorrow was overwhelming but it could not take over me. Yet I was so eager for revenge, to get back at the evil Tadodaho.

 

 

The next day I dressed my wounds and lit a small fire on the beach. I wrapped a leaf around my cuts to clog the fresh flow of the bleeding. As I was nursing my wounds a bright light shone from the heavens and the fire I had built was blown out. Then a gust of wind blew the river and I saw the shape of a canoe with a man covered in furs paddling it. His canoe was made of white stone and I marveled how something that heavy could float. The man stepped out of the canoe and started walking towards me. I took a step back, scared of what this man could possibly do to me.

“D-D-don’t be afraid”, he stammered. “I know of your pain, H-H-Hiawatha”

How does he know my name?, I puzzled.

“I-I-I have come to tell the people of a new law. Fighting among our people will stop. We will unite as one nation, and follow The Great Law.

I nodded my head in agreement, his words were of truth to me. Maybe this law would make less men like me feel the pain and revenge that I felt. So I stepped into his canoe and we traveled to unite the nations of Canada.

 

We first journeyed to the land of the Mohawk, my native tribe. As soon as we arrived we were brought before the clan chief. "What are two strangers doing on our land?" his loud voice boomed.

“We have come to bring a message of peace.” I said. “Fighting among our people must stop. Together we will be united as one tribe, and not even the greatest warrior shall bring us down.”

The clan mothers nodded in agreement and I could sense their warmth and approval towards our message. Yet the Chief definately thought differently.

“Tadodaho is too strong and not even the greatest warrior could overpower him and his tribe.” I was astonished at his refusal to our offer but the Peacemaker looked ahead, expressionless.

Putting his hand on my shoulder, he exclaimed, “Fair enough. We will return with proof that our message is true, and hope you will reconsider our offer of peace." Then with that said, we left.

 

To prove our point we first travelled to unite the Cayuga nation in our new law. What greeted our eyes was devastating. Their whole village had been destroyed by Tadodaho and his followers, leaving no survivors. Yet we didn’t let this betray our journey, so we continued walking until we found another village. Coming to the centre, we were recognised by the Chief. I then granted him the same offer that we had the Mohawk, but the reply was different.

“Our fellow village has been destroyed, yet you bring the message that hope lives on.” He exclaimed. They then travelled with us and together we paddled as one nation.

As we arrived at the Seneca tribe, we were met by five armed warriors and led to the town. When we arrived the warriors pointed their swords threatingly at us. The Chief yelled out a command and the men screamed and pushed their weapons into the ground.

"What have you come for?" He asked threatingly.

 

 

 "Our people should stop this fighting." I said bravely. "Together we are stronger than even the greatest warrior and we can show the evil Tadodaho that. This way, we will not lose family members to his evil wrath.”

 

The chief agreed and he then trailed us in his canoe, along with two of the warriors that took us to him.

 

“We have come to unite the nations of Canada. Peace will be the new guidance and fighting shall not be the way.” I said proudly, trying to sound strong. “Together we will be one mind, one body, one heart.”

He then trailed us in his oak canoe, and together we…

 

Our next journey took us to nighttime. As we were walking through the forest, a spring got caught and an animal trap fell down on us, pinning me to the ground. Oneida people forced us to a stand and marched our group down to the village.

 

Finally, it was time to head back to the Mohawk tribe, and with our proof, make another offer of peace that hopefully would not be refused once again. As we travelled, I marveled at how far we had come with peace and regret at how I had doubted the Peacemaker.

 

We were then brought before the Oneida chief, and he forced us to bow before him. “What are two strangers and two chiefs of other tribes doing in my forest, and what tells you to come in the darkness?” His mighty voice boomed.

 

Yet when we arrived, the chief was angered at our success. He said that word of our mission had spread to Tadodaho and it would be only harmful to the village if he joined us. The Oneida chief, angered at the Mohawk chief’s lack of faith in peace and hope, pressed his spear under his neck, but the Peacemaker pushed them apart, and said sadly, “We no longer use conflict to solve our problems. I will climb to the top of this tree, and your men shall cut it down. I will still survive though because the river will catch my body.

I was shocked at the Peacemakers foolish stunt. How could I continue on without him.

I shouldn’t have doubted. It happened just how he said it would, and the Mohawk chief, stunned, nodded bluntly. Finally, we travelled as four nations.









 

 

 

 

 

When we arrived at Tadodaho land, men sprung out and attacked ua from all different angles. I jumped back whilst the four chiefs were pinned to the ground. The Peacemaker stood back though calmly, as if nothing had happened.

Suddenly a great light shone through the sky and the world went dark. A beautiful sound filled the air and when I turned, I realised Tadodaho was singing a hymn. The beauty filled the air and when it ended, silence followed. It was then when we met Tadodaho.

Tadodaho was a horrible sight to the eye. His body was twisted, and he crawled across the ground. He had a limp, and I could see that his right foot had six toes. His hair was entwined with snakes and a mixture of mud and snakeskin covered his body. He spoke in a hissing voice, hor his tongue was that of a snakes. “W-s-ss-at are-s-s you-s-s s-ear for?”

“We have come to unite our tribes with peace.” said the peacemaker, this time clearly. “You do not need to live in evil. Together we would be one tribe.”

The Peacemaker told me to create a herbal cure for Tadodaho. I obeyed, and went out into the woods in search of ingredients. As I was gathering them, I hesitated. Why was I doing this for Tadodaho? He was the murderer of my family, the causer of my grief. Why would I be helping him? Yet I continued gathering herbs, and with this action, my anger at him disappeared.

Back where Tadodaho was, the Great Peacemaker made a speech. “Tadodaho has chosen to take over the evil that lives inside him and rise above. We shall give him this cure, and he must drink it twice every day. After three days shall we return, to see the curing of Tadodaho. It happened as he said. We returned, this time to see Tadodaho close to human. The Peacemaker placed his Hand over his chest, and screamed loudly. His voice echoed over the grounds. Tadodaho was now human. I looked at the Peacemaker.

“Tadodaho will now be an eagle, guardian to us all. When we see him standing a watch over us, we shall know that Peace is the new way.” I looked back at Tadodaho, but he wasn’t there. On top of a great white pine stood an eagle, screeching over the woods. I finally knew that together we were….

 

ONE Mind, One

 

 

Body, One

 

 

Heart.

 

 

Our mission had

 

 

been

 

 

accomplished







THE END