Braiding Sweetgrass

by

Robin Wall Kimmerer

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The Peacemaker Character Analysis

The Peacemaker is an important religious and political figure in Haudenosaunee tradition. Considered to be the founder of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, he united the five warring Haudenosaunee tribes at Onondaga Lake with a message from the Creator. There they agreed to live by the Great Law of Peace and formed the Confederacy.
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The Peacemaker Character Timeline in Braiding Sweetgrass

The timeline below shows where the character The Peacemaker appears in Braiding Sweetgrass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 27
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...to live with gratitude, and fought constant wars between themselves. Then a Huron man called the Peacemaker began spreading a message of peace to all the tribes, traveling among them as they... (full context)
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The Peacemaker gathered the leaders of the five Haudenosaunee nations at the “Great Tree of Peace,” a... (full context)
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...a responsibility to and love for their land, and they try to live according to the Peacemaker ’s Great Law of Peace. “The people went on giving thanks to the land, although... (full context)
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...to be “naturalized” rather than native, and unrecognizable to the people who lived there with the Peacemaker . Some new plant communities are thriving here, however, and Robin goes to visit them... (full context)