The Pursuit of Peace

  My body was filled with rage. My wife with my three beautiful daughters were killed by an evil man of such horror, Tadodaho. Tadadoho’s men had stormed through our village killing all. Taking shelter by the river in the woods, I thought of my loving family with a sad heart.


I stayed by the river for a day until I saw a reflection of a white stone canoe in the sparkling river waters. A man gently paddled ashore. “What do you want?” I asked.


“I-I c-come to bring a-a-a message from the great law.” stuttered the man. “I-I know of your pain. P-peace Power and righteousness shall be our new way I n-need you to help transfer my my m-message to all nations at war.” he said with a more clear voice.  

I recognized that this man was the Great Peacemaker so I accepted his offer. For the first time, I felt a quick surge of forgiveness.

We paddled to my people, the Mohawk. Sitting is a circle, the peacemaker put his hand on my back. It seemed as if he was putting words into my brain. “Fear has spread throughout our villages,” I said “I bring a message from the Great Law, peace, power and righteousness shall be our new way. Come with us on a journey to allow peace to spread rather than fear and anger” I said stunned of my words.


The elderly grandmothers nodded in agreement.


The chief of my people stood up “We respect your ways but we need proof that the Great law has said so.


So the Peacemaker and I left to return with proof.

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The peacemaker had no look of worry in his eyes when paddling to the Cayuga nation. I was still seeking revenge for Tadodaho. After we got off the canoe, I studied the land of the Cayuga. The land was beautiful. Mountains loomed above while flowers and sweetgrass grew below. My thoughts was interrupted by the peacemaker. Before I knew it, I was sitting in front of the Cayuga council I did not know what to say and what they would say back to me.


The peacemaker once again puts his hand on my back and I started to speak my words.


The Cayuga chief looked at me in astonishment. “We believe you so we wish to support you to find peace among the nations,” he said with a smile. Then the Cayuga chief followed us to our canoe and trailed behind us.

Together we paddled as 1 nation

Next, we descended to the Ondeiga people. We were greeted warmly with respect and shown to their chief. When I stood up to speak, I spoke on my own. My voice seemed to come from the heart and soul. I watched as the mouths of the Ondeiga nation drop and many eyes stare at me in awe.


“Your words are so meaningful and so strong that we gladly accept your offer” the chief exclaimed.


He followed us to the Seneca tribe in his canoe. With the Cayuga and the Ondeiga nation supporting us, I knew that I could not give up now. Not when I was so close.


Together, we paddled as 2 nations