A narrative poem in unrhymed trochaic tetrameter, by Longfellow, published 1855, reproducing American Indian stories which centre on the life and death of Hiawatha. He marries Minnehaha (‘laughing water’), the Dacotah maiden, and after various adventures departs for the Isles of the Blest to rule the kingdom of the North‐west Wind. Longfellow took nothing but the name from the historical figure of Hiawatha (fl. c.1570), an Indian statesman, probably a Mohawk.
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807—1882) American poet