Definitions for hiawathaˌhaɪ əˈwɒθ ə, -ˈwɔ θə, ˌhi ə-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Hi•a•wath•aˌhaɪ əˈwɒθ ə, -ˈwɔ θə, ˌhi ə-(n.)
the central figure of Longfellow's poem The Song of Hiawatha (1855).
a Native American chieftain who argued for peace with the European settlers (16th century)
Hiawatha is a legendary Native American leader and co-founder of the Iroquois confederacy. Depending on the version of the narrative, Hiawatha lived in the 16th century and was a leader of the Onondaga or the Mohawk. Hiawatha was a follower of The Great Peacemaker, a prophet and spiritual leader, who proposed the unification of the Iroquois peoples, who shared similar languages. Hiawatha, a skilled and charismatic orator, was instrumental in persuading the Senecas, Cayugas, Onondagas, Oneidas, and Mohawks, to accept the Great Peacemaker's vision and band together to become the Five Nations of the Iroquois confederacy. Later, the Tuscarora nation joined the Confederacy to become the Sixth Nation.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the subject of a poem of Longfellow's; a personage reverenced by the North American Indians as the founder among them of the arts of peace, as well as the clearer of the forests.
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