Dekanawida

Dekanawida

(?1550–?1600) Huron prophet; born near present-day Kingston, Ontario, Canada. With Hiawatha, he is credited with founding the Great League of the Iroquois, joining in a confederacy the Mohawks, Oneidas, Cayugas, Onondagas, and Senecas. Considered the theoretician of the two leaders, he was also one of the first of the Pine Tree Chiefs, chosen by merit rather than by heredity.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.