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A child version of Hiawatha from Frisky Fables.

Hiawatha (also known as Ayenwatha, Aiionwatha, or Haiëñ'wa'tha; Onondaga) is a legendary Native American leader and co-founder of the Iroquois confederacy. Depending on the version of the narrative, Hiawatha lived sometime between the 11th and 16th centuries and was a leader of the Onondaga or the Mohawk, or both. According some versions, she was born an Onondaga, but also adopted into the Mohawk.

In Public Domain Literature

Fictionalized version of Hiawatha was the protagonist of epic poem The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is loosely based on the legends and ethnography of the Ojibwe (Chippewa, Anishinaabeg) and other Native American peoples as contained in Algic Researches (1839) and additional writings by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, an ethnographer and United States Indian agent.

Public Domain Appearances

  • The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Frisky Fables v.3 #1

Copyrighted Golden Age Appearances

Classics Illustrated #57


  • The version used by Disney known as Little Hiawatha is NOT public domain.

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