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           Peace vs. Anger

By, Anavi Jain


Inspired by, Robbie Robertson's Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Long, long ago, Hiawatha, a native man, was woken up with a start. He found himself in a firey, wrecked land. His family was gone, daughters and wife, all gone. He took shelter by the shore, and in the distance, he saw… saw what looked like a canoe. In the canoe, he saw a man who could hardly speak. The man came to be the Peacemaker.


“Hiawatha, c-come w-with m-me t-to s-spread the L-Law of P-Peace.” he said.


“What Law of Peace?” asked Hiawatha.


The Law of Peace was about peace between the nations instead of war. The Peacemaker asked Hiawatha to come with him to spread the word.


“Wait! What happened to my land and people?” Hiawatha asked, scared something bad had happened.


“T-tadodaho i-is m-mad for some r-reason and has wrecked your l-land,” he answered, this time, a little smoother.


When Hiawatha sat in the Peacemaker’s canoe, a sudden jolt of some weird came over him. Like, some sort of feeling that made himself scared because he thought Tadodaho might strike again.


When they arrived at the Oneida tribe, Hiawatha - who was from the Mohawk tribe - almost wanted to fight for their land but reminded himself he was there to talk about the Law of Peace. “May your tribe’s chief come with us?” Hiawatha asked.


“Yes I will,” answered the chief of the Oneida tribe.


The three of them arrived at the Seneca tribe. The Seneca tribe immediately got out their spears, but the Peacemaker raised his right hand and they put down their spears. The Peacemaker started to talk. “Hi-Hiawatha, p-put y-your hand o-on m-me.”


Hiawatha put his hand on the Peacemaker’s shoulder.


“You see, when someone who believes the Law of Peace and places their hand on me, I can speak fluently,” he explained.


Then he spoke the Law of Peace and asked the tribe to join Hiawatha, the chief of the Oneida tribe and himself to spread the word. “Sure,” answered the chief.

Together they traveled to the land of the Onondaga tribe, but this time, Hiawatha was the one to share the Law of Peace. It came to him naturally and he asked the Peacemaker why. The Peacemaker just shrugged. The Onondaga chief joined them.


On their way to the Cayuga tribe, Hiawatha felt so confident about himself speaking the Law of Peace. Hiawatha got out of his thoughts and got out of the canoe. The Peacemaker started to introduce himself but instead, Hiawatha introduced and got the chief of the Cayuga tribe to join them.


Together they traveled to the evil Tadodaho. He was quite gross with snakes for hair and scales for the skin! Hiawatha spoke kindly and asked why he was mad. “Nobody likes me! They're all scared of me!” answered Tadodaho.


So the Peacemaker found some herbs for medicine and gave it to him. The snakes slithered off, the scales became feathers and he was an eagle!


The Peacemaker got all the nations together to bury the weapons under a tree which they called the Peace Tree. The eagle lived in the tree to watch the nation. One day, Hiawatha’s wife's and daughters’ spirits -in his dreams- came to thank him for what he did.


                                                        THE END!