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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


It was nightfall by the time we reached the land of the Seneca people. We we greeted by 15 warriors that looked unfriendly. Tying us to ropes, the warriors brought us before the Seneca chief.


“What do you want? And why is it that approach us in the darkness? He boomed.


I spoke my words confidently and with pride.


The Seneca chief looked at me with a smile. “We take your offer for peace, but how do you plan to defeat Tadodaho?” He asked


The peacemaker looked at me worried of what I was going to say and how I was going to say it.


“We will not kill Tadodaho,” I said. “ We will heal him from the evil sickness that he has and help him become a better man,” I told the chief. I watched him walk past me giving me a firm handshake.


“Agreed, but you must rest first,” he said calmly. Showing us to a tipi, I fell asleep before I could react.


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The next day, wе рrocеded back to the Mohawk. I hoped they would join us in our journey. I wasn’t ready to quit when we have reached this far. Before we even approached the land, we saw the Mohawk chief paddle to us. I assumed that he was coming with us which pleased me.

Together we paddled as 4 nations

We arrived at Tadadoho’s land with a greeting of 100 warriors that looked strong and fierce. They attacked us with all of their might but the peacemaker had seemed to start humming. It calmed down all the warriors. But their stood out of the trees, Tadodaho.

Snakes slithered through his hair. Scales covered his body. Tadodaho was a terrifying man. “Do you come for revenge?” he hissed.


“As I, Hiawatha on behalf of all nations, would ask for peace and we would like to forgive you of what you have done.” I strongly proclaimed


“Peese? He asked. “What is this peace.” He continued. The peacemaker nodded towards me. Out of my sack, I pulled out a bowl of medicine that I had been working on during the trip. “Drink” I calmly told him. As he drank, I noticed the snaked crawl away from his hair and the scales melt off. The evil man Tadodaho was now a chief once again. We planted a tree with our weapons put inside and we called this the tree of peace. With the speed of a blink, Tadodaho turned into an eagle that perched on the tree and overlooked us all.


I had learned the lesson of forgiveness.