(Source: weheartit.com, via kurylenkos)
Sonehso:wa of the Onondowaga Deer Clan
Sonehso:wa was born in 1758 to an Onondowaga couple. The Onondowaga, or Seneca as the English came to call them, were the western most people of the Haudenosaunee. His mother was of the Deer Clan, making Sonehso:wa of the Deer Clan. When he was ten, his mother was brutally assaulted by a colonist while tending a field alone and though she killed her attacker, she died from her injuries. When a search party that included his father, Gaiachoton, found her body and brought her back to the village, Sonehso:wa was heartbroken. A hatred for all not born to the land of his people grew within his heart.
Five years later, when his father met a beautiful woman from the East, a Kanien’keha:ka of the Wolf Clan named Ori:te’hiyo, Sonehso:wa decided to travel with Gaiachoton when he left his clan and tribe to marry her. Sonehso:wa had become bitter and closed to any compassion from his family and thought a fresh start would be an adventure. Though the new village was very much like his own in tradition and personality, he did not feel that he was truly a part of it. His attractive features and budding sexuality made him take advantage of the interest of the young women but he never felt that he fit in.
Ratonhnhake:ton’s frequent yet brief visits piqued his interest, though not in a positive way. His dress was foreign, his English better than most and he carried himself with an aloofness that irritated Sonehso:wa. He seemed to have a connection with the Wolf Clan Mother that was certainly more than necessary than what was granted to anyone not a Chief. Sonehso:wa’s hatred of Ratonhnahake:ton only grew as the years passed and the war of the white men began to encroach on their way of life more and more. Sonehso:wa blamed Ratonhnake:ton. Here he came, dressed as a white man, speaking the words of the people who murdered his mother, having the blood of a traitor flowing through his veins yet he was accepted and well loved by the Clan Mother and all in the village.
At last Ratonhnhake:ton returned to the village after it had relocated, their land stolen from them, and lived among them for longer stretches of time. He set aside the dress of the white man but all Sonehso:wa could see was the one who murdered a good man, Kanen’to:kon, in the name of false freedom. Sonehso:wa’s hatred led to a confrontation where Ratonhnhake:ton defeated him in an instant, shamed him for his brash act of insulting his mother and left him bruised and bloodied before all in the village.
Time passed and the two men spoke of their differences. Sonehso:wa realized Ratonhnhake:ton was not much different than he himself and a tenuous bond formed. Over the years, a friendship shaped itself from the feeling of displacement they both had. They grew to trust each other and Sonehso:wa began to see the world around him differently. He listened to Ratonhnhake:ton’s experiences and realized that not all white men were evil. That realization became a sea change that eventually led to the adventures they would share in the future as close friends and brothers.
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