Iroquois/Haudenosaunee and the Six Nations
Listen to a reading of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson
Hiawatha was a strong and articulate Mohawk who was chosen to translate the Peacemaker's message of unity for the five warring Iroquois nations during the 14th century. This message not only succeeded in uniting the tribes but also forever changed how the Iroquois governed themselves - a blueprint for democracy that would later inspire the authors of the U.S. Constitution.
Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Now he shares the same gift of storytelling with a new generation.
Activity: Make a Canoe Like the Peacemaker's
Resources to Learn More
Here are some great library books and materials for learning about the Iroquois, the Six Nations, and Native American History Month!
Here are some great YouTube videos about the Iroquois, the Six Nations, and Native American History Month!