Hiawatha chapter 5 page 9
We arrived at Onondaga land and were immediately approached by hostiles. Without a word, they bound us and took us to the central camp. It looked like a war fortress, and it was. Everybody stopped what they were doing and stared at us. There was a ringing silence, and they attacked. We countered, and soon, it was a full blown fight. The sadly familiar anger was awakened in me again, and even though the Peacemaker called out in his croaky but calming voice, Stop! Stop! The fight still continued. Then suddenly, a solar eclipse happened. The sky turned dark, and in the little moonlight left I could see heads turn. A beautiful sound rang out into the silence, the closest thing to phoenix song that can exist. It soothed me, and everywhere people sang with it. It was filling, and it was at that point where I realized that I had to move on. I had to live my life without being weighed down by my family's death. Then the eclipse moved past, leaving the sun shining brighter than ever. It felt like a symbolic way of showing pain. He approached me and told me to make medicine for Tadodaho. I entered Tadodaho’s hut and gasped. He has snakes in his hair, and his skin was peeling off. He could not speak, but moaned as he shook himself and snakes fell out of his hair, dying. I was horrified, but I concentrated on the medicine. Tadodaho watched with interest, wondering why I had suffered so much from him and yet was making this medicine. The answer was: I knew I had to. There was still a great man underneath the sickness. I finished and the Peacemaker said, We will return in three days. After the three days had passed, we went back and Tadodaho shook the last snake off to the forest, and he was healed.
The Peacemaker said, Now the fighting shall end. We will be one nation, with five tribes. We shall bury our weapons under this tree, he gestured to a fallen tree, and replant it. This will be the Tree of Peace. There will be an eagle that is the guardian of the Tree, and that shall be you, Tadodaho. We can settle and build new relationships, new families, new homes. We shall live in unity as five tribes in One Nation. Everybody looked up. Tadodaho had flew on the top of the tree and gave a great cry. They walked of into the beautiful sunset together, rejoicing as the Five Nations.