Hiawatha was sad. His home was burning up. His family was dead. Everything was gone. And it was all because of Tadodaho! Tadodaho was the chief of Hiawatha’s land. Hiawatha went to the river. His sadness changed to anger. He wanted to destroy the horrible, mean, chief.
He stayed at the river for a long time. One day, Hiawatha saw a white stone canoe. What is that guy doing here? he wondered. There was a man in it, you see, and he was rowing toward Hiawatha. He was The Peacemaker.
He said, “I-I’ve come because of The Great Law. You are a great speaker, and I am not. Can you team up with me and help me t-tell people about The Great Law?”
The Great Law? What is that? Hiawatha thought. The Peacemaker said, “The Great Law is peace. We m-must stop this war. Come in my canoe, we will t-tell the other tribes.” “OK,” Hiawatha said. “I will come with you.”
They got inside the stone canoe and sailed off to the land of the Mohawk. When they got there, The Chief and Elders came to hear about the Great Law. Hiawatha suddenly knew what he should say. “We must join together and be one peaceful nation,” he said. “I don’t know, Tadodaho is really strong…” said the Chief. “We must fight for it, and Tadodaho is more powerful.…” The Peacemaker told him that the Great Law was more powerful than Tadodaho. “We w-will sh-show you that it can happen.” He said.
The Peacemaker, while the two of them were in the canoe and sailing to the land of the Cayuga, told Hiawatha that he must learn to forgive, because forgiving leads to peace. Hiawatha was angry. He did not want to forgive Tadodaho.
When they reached the Cayuga, the Peacemaker told the Cayuga, “We must join together and be one peaceful nation.” Instead of saying no, the Cayuga Chief said he would join them.
Next they went to the Seneca, who said that the wind carried the Peacemaker’s message, and after hearing the message agreed to join them. Next, they traveled to the Oneida. The Oneida Chief caught them in a big trap, but when he heard of the Great Law, he agreed to join them.
Now it was time to show the Mohawk tribe! The Clan Mothers were very happy, but the Mohawk Chief was not. “Tadodaho knows of your message and he does not like it! He will try to stop you!” He said. Grrrr… The Oneida Chief got angry. But before the Oneida Chief could get too angry, the Peacemaker stopped him. “Let’s try to stop Tadodaho!”
So, they went to Tadodaho. He had ugly snakes in his hair! His eyes had red in them. And he must’ve really liked snakes because there was one on his staff, the one that made him chief. Other than that, he looked perfectly fine. That meant...“We can cure him of evil,” The Peacemaker told Hiawatha. “We need to give him medicine made from plants and roots.” “Okay,” Hiawatha replied. “I will find some.”
When Hiawatha found it, he gave it to Tadodaho. Tadodaho just stared. Hiawatha was helping him! Wasn’t he angry at Tadodaho? No. Hiawatha had learned to forgive others.
So, Tadodaho was cured. But the medicine did something else. It turned Tadodaho into an eagle! That way, he could see everyone! Also, the Great Law of Peace actually happened too! The five tribes joined to become one!
The End Of The Story! (This image above is the symbol of The Great Law Of Peace.)