Hi, I'm Kaya. I'm eleven years old. I am half Nez Perce and half Abenaki. I live in Cambridge, MA with my mom who is a college professor. We live in an apartment with my little sister and our two dogs!
An Oneida relief party was sent by Chief Shenendoah (Oskanondohna). They walked hundreds of miles from New York State to Pennsylvania in bitter, biting cold. With them, they brought white corn which must be cooked to be digested. The Continental soldiers were so hungry, they were willing to eat the corn uncooked, unaware that it could kill them.
Polly Cooper, a member of the Oneida party, taught the men how to cook white corn and make a nutritional soup. She stayed on after the other Oneida returned home and served as a water carrier on the battlefield.
Polly Cooper refused payment for her services, but accepted a black shawl as a token of appreciation from the officers’ wives. The shawl remains in the care of her descendants.
Kaya is an American Girl character and these are the things she loves. This is a modern version of the historical character, the goal is to show Kaya as she might be today. She loves traveling, dogs, horses, feminism, Lacrosse, books and country music. She dreams of being a tribal leader when she grows up.
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The Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy untied the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca nations. The exact date on which the Haudenosaunee was founded is unknown, but is believed to be somewhere between 1100 and 1600. The sixth and final nation of the Haudenosaunee, the Tuscarora, joined in 1722.
The Haudenosaunee was the brainchild of two men, Dekanawida (The Great Peacemaker) and Hiawatha, who brought the Great Law of Peace to the squabbling Iroquoian nations. They were joined by Jigonhsasee, a woman known for her ability to use hospitality to settle disputes between tribes. Dekanawida persuaded her to support the idea of a confederacy of nations and gave her the responsibility of selecting men to sit on the peace council. Dekanawida called Jigonhsasee “Mother of Nations.” Throughout the history of the Haudenosaunee women have retained the right to elect and recall men to the council, as well as the right to veto a declaration of war.