The Hudson River Journey

Native Americans call Ca-ho-ha-ta-te-a (to mention “the river”) in the native language. The Hudson River was known as Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk (“river that flows two ways”). The Mohican tribe lived beside the Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk (Hudson) River. The word ‘mohikontok’ has been spelled in various ways in many sources of information.

Title: “The Hudson River Journey”


  • Columbus
  • Native Americans
  • Indigenous Tribes (Algonquins, Lenape, Wappingers, Mahicans)
  • Henry Hudson
  • Ice Age River
  • Striped Bass
  • Weakfish
  • Porgy
  • Eels
  • Summer Flounder
  • Humpback Whales

Scene 1: The Time of Discovery

Narrator: (Addressing the audience) Long, long ago, in 1492, a brave explorer named Columbus set sail on a grand adventure to find a new path to India. But Columbus didn’t know his journey would lead to a different place.

Columbus: (Excited) My friends thought I’d never find India. But here I am, landing in a new land with people I’ve never seen before.

Native American 1: (Friendly) Welcome to our home!

Native American 2: (Curious) We’re not from India; we’re Native Americans.

Scene 2: The Indigenous Tribes

Narrator: (Explaining) Before Columbus and other settlers arrived, the Hudson River was home to indigenous people. Tribes like the Algonquins, Lenape, Wappingers, and Mahicans lived along its banks.

Indigenous Leader: (Proud) Our ancestors have thrived here for generations.

Scene 3: The Arrival of Henry Hudson

Narrator: (Continuing) Many years later, a navigator named Henry Hudson came in search of the Northwest Passage. Instead, he sailed his ship up a river, which would soon be named after him.

Henry Hudson: (Determined) I’ve found something extraordinary – the Hudson River!

Scene 4: The Birth of the River

Narrator: The Hudson River was born during the last Ice Age, around 20,000 to 30,000 years ago. Glaciers covered this land, shaping it as we know it today.

Ice Age River: (Majestic) I am a river of ancient origin, born from the ice and the clouds’ tears.

Scene 5: A Unique River

Narrator: The Hudson River is unique. It’s not just a typical river; it’s an estuary where saltwater from the ocean meets freshwater from the north.

Stripped Bass: (Swimming) We call this estuary home. You can catch fish like us here.

Weakfish: (Friendly) We share our waters with Porgy, Eels, and Summer Flounder!

Scene 6: A Cleaner Hudson

Narrator: The Hudson River is much cleaner than it used to be. Thanks to the efforts of many, it’s become a healthier place.

Humpback Whale: (Joyful) We’ve returned to these waters! It’s a sign that the river is healing.

The stage shows a lively and thriving Hudson River, filled with fish and wildlife. The cast members join together to celebrate the river’s history and vitality.

All: (Together) The Hudson River is a treasure we must protect. It’s a part of our history and our future!

The curtain falls as the audience applauds the beautiful journey of the Hudson River.

Hiawatha is a Native American legend, a hero known for uniting native tribes in upstate New York and making the first federal government of the USA – the Iroquois of New York. This is the ancient form of the current US national system in many sources.

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