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The Peacemaker Story
Most historians say that the Haudenosaunee Confederacy came together during the 15th century.
Kathiann M. Kowalski

But it may have happened earlier, and it didn’t happen overnight. The pact for peace demanded skillful negotiations among distinct nations. And all the member nations had to agree to details for the confederacy’s structure and its Great Law of Peace. It took many years to achieve.

The Haudenosaunee people commemorate those achievements with their Peacemaker story. The epic tells how the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca nations joined together for righteousness, justice, and health.

The story begins with a wise man, or prophet, called the Peacemaker. It was during a time of conflict and violence. He hated to see the nations at war with one another. No matter who “won,” all sides suffered losses.

War also created a constant search for revenge. The Peacemaker hoped the nations would instead solve their problems through the power of reason.

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