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noun\ˌhī-ə-ˈwȯ-thə, ˌhē-ə-, -ˈwä-\
Definition of HIAWATHA
: the Indian hero of Longfellow's poem The Song of Hiawatha
First Known Use of HIAWATHA
Legendary chief (c. 1450) of the Onondaga people of the northeastern U.S. He is regarded by tradition as the founder of the Iroquois Confederacy. His story is told in Henry W. Longfellow's popular poem Song of Hiawatha (1855), though Longfellow perpetuated an error of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft's that placed Hiawatha in a Midwestern tribe.