Hiawatha’s Message of Unity: A Gathering of Tribes
Scene 1: The Journey to the Plains
Setting: Hiawatha’s journey takes him from the dense woods to the open plains, where tribal communities await his arrival.
Narrator: Hiawatha was known for his speed and bravery. He left the thick woods and went to the vast plains. The tribal people respected him for his speed, thinking he could even outrun the clever coyote.
The tribal folks noticed Hiawatha, and they gathered to hear what he had to say.
Scene 2: Sharing the Tragic Loss
As the crowd assembled, Hiawatha stood before them, his words carrying the weight of a heavy heart.
Hiawatha: (With sadness) People of the tribes, thank you for coming here. I have a message about coming together, but I’m also unfortunate. In the last battle by the Mohikontok River, I lost someone dear to me. My beloved Minihaha, a fierce warrior, was taken from me. The river ran red with the blood of soldiers.
The people listened closely, feeling the sorrow in Hiawatha’s words.
Scene 3: The Fruit of the Peace Treaty
Amid the somber mood, Hiawatha shared the result of their peace treaty, echoing the Onondaga leader’s words.
Hiawatha: (With determination) The leader of the Onondaga spoke of a vision where no children would lose their parents in the horrors of war. We’ve agreed, my fellow tribes. Our leaders came together to bring back peace and freedom so our communities can grow, prosper, and improve in business and technology.
Scene 4: A Gathering of Tribes
As Hiawatha spoke, local animals roamed among the gathering, symbolizing the unity of all living creatures.
Narrator: This gathering wasn’t just a tribe meeting. It was all creatures coming together. Local animals, unafraid, walked among the crowd, showing that every living being, big or small, is connected.
Kids played happily by the tents, bringing joy and renewal to the sad moment.
Scene 5: A Shared Vision
The crowd, once divided, now shared a common vision of peace and progress.
Hiawatha: (With hope) Together, we’ll work for a future where no child will cry for their lost parents. In unity, we’ll create peace, success, and better lives for our people.
As Hiawatha finished his speech, the tribes, once separated by conflict, joined hands, symbolizing unity. They were determined to make a better future for their community and all living creatures.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: The text is likely to be understood by a reader who has at least an 8th-grade education (age 13-14) and should be reasonably easy for most adults to read.