Then a miracle happened. A man floated slowly down the river in a strange white canoe which shined in the sunlight. and stopped right beside Hiawatha. The unknown man started speaking in an unfamiliar language but seeing that Hiawatha didn’t understand switched to hand gestures. Hiawatha understood only that his name was the peacemaker. Hiawatha asked in his own language,
“What do you want?”
The Peacemaker, seeing that Hiawatha was talking in the language of the Mohawk Repeated what he said in a trembling voice:
“ I-I-I have come from the Great Oj-j-Ojibway nation, I know of the sufferings th-th-that your people have faced.I have c-c-come to m-m-make peace among your people.
Hiawatha noticed that the peacemaker stumbled on almost every word. Hiawatha came into his tipi and brought the peacemaker some water. The peacemaker drank it and seemed to talk easier.
“I need someone to talk for me,”
he said. “ you have a strong voice, and even your name means strong speaker”
. Hiawatha thought for a while and said: “ I have nowhere to go, all my friends are dead.Hiawatha will go with you”
. The peacemaker, seeming very satisfied with this said: “ Thank You, my canoe is at the shore, come with me.” Hiawatha followed and soon came to a stone canoe. “ this can’t float” Hiawatha said, “ how did you get here?” Peacemaker stepped in the boat with a smile. The boat held him! Hiawatha slowly followed the peacemaker’s example and they were off.