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. 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. Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator David Shannon brings the journey of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker to life with arresting oil paintings. Together, the team of Robertson and Shannon has crafted a new children's classic that will both educate and inspire readers of all ages.
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"Piter Marek uses a simple, unadorned style to narrate this tale by singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson. The legend of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker was told in the oral tradition to a 9-year-old Robertson in his native Canada. Marek movingly reveals that because the Peacemaker had a stutter, he asked Hiawatha to be his voice. This occurred just after Hiawatha had lost his family in a bloody attack by Chief Tadodaha. Marek's Peacemaker, through Hiawatha, convincingly explains that the Iroquois nation would destroy itself with ongoing war and that only forgiveness would heal them. They slowly persuaded the Onondago, Mohawk, Cayuga, Seneca, and Oneida tribes to unite and govern themselves in a method that inspired the United States Constitution. Listeners will appreciate the helpful historical and author's notes that add clarification to the text. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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