Hiawatha

Hiawatha

[hahy-uh-woth-uh, -waw-thuh, hee-uh-]
noun
the central figure of The Song of Hiawatha (1855), a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: named after a legendary Indian chief, fl. c1570.
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Hiawatha (ˌhaɪəˈwɒθə)
 
n
a 16th-century Onondaga Indian chief: credited with the organization of the Five Nations

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Hiawatha [(heye-uh-woth-uh)]

An actual Native American chief of the sixteenth century. In legends, he is the husband of Minnehaha. He urged peace between his people and the European settlers.

Note: The legend of Hiawatha is best known through the poem “The Song of Hiawatha,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
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