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Song of Hiawatha Part XI: Hiawatha's Wedding-Feast

By Henry W. Longfellow

Part XI: Hiawatha's Wedding-Feast

  • Nokomis makes a huge feast for Hiawatha's wedding celebration. People from all over show up in their best clothes because they respect Hiawatha and because everyone loves a good feast.
  • After they've eaten, the people smoke and ask a dude named Pau-Puk-Keewis to dance for them.
  • Pau-Puk-Keewis is a dude that men hate and women love. The men think he's too girly and cowardly, since he never does men's work or fights in wars. Pau-Puk-Keewis couldn't care less about their opinions, though.
  • When Pau-Puk-Keewis is done, the people call on Chibiabos to sing some nice songs. So the guy does just that and everyone swoons.
  • The village bragger (Iagoo) gets jealous of all the attention Chibiabos gets from the crowd. So when everyone turns to hear him tell a story, he makes sure to tell a real whopper. Little does he know that his exaggerations have made him a bit of a joke among the villagers.
  • It turns out that the people love to hear Iagoo's stories because they find them funny in their exaggeration. But Iagoo musters all the sincerity he can to tell them a story about a great magician named Osseo.