Hiawatha Biography

Religious Figure, Folk Hero (b. c. 1450)
Hiawatha was a legendary 15th century Native-American figure believed to have brought tribes together into the Iroquois Confederacy.


Born circa 1450, Hiawatha was a Native American visionary thought to be responsible for bringing five tribes together in the Iroquois Confederacy, with peaceful and democratic co-existence for a time. It has been suggested that through story Hiawatha may in fact be a composite figure. The subject of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha is another person, Nanabozho.

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