Hiawatha, a Mohawk, is plotting revenge for the murder of his wife and daughters by the evil Onondaga Chief, Tadodaho, when he meets the Great Peacemaker, who enlists his help in bringing the nations together to share his vision of a new way of life marked by peace, love, and unity rather than war, hate, and fear. Includes historical notes.
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In his acknowledgements and author’s notes Robertson thanks his son Sebastian and Six Nation leaders and authors for their historical research on the subject, but notes the inspiration for the song, and then the book came from his experience of hearing the story as a nine-year-old told by a revered elder in a native tongue in a long house on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in Ontario.
The text of the book and Shannon’s bold colors and line bring forth the drama of the story: a powerful struggle between among people, as the spiritual and psychological forces of fear, hatred, revenge and war are manifested in individuals, and then exorcised and transformed into a powerful force of peace and righteousness.