Hiawatha was the founder of Iroquois Confederacy and a near-mythical leader of the Native American. Hiawatha followed the teaching of The Great Peacemaker, who foretold for the unification Iroquois-speaking people. Hiawatha was considered a charismatic and skilled orator, who successfully persuaded various Iroquois tribes to accept the vision of The Great Peacemaker.
His name was popularized Henry Longfellow’s epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha, which features the legend of old Indian hero. The name became so popular that it was used for everything from a telephone company to a town in some Great Lakes areas, although no Iroquois ever resided there.