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Native American Legends: Godasiyo (Woman Chief)
Tribal affiliation: Seneca, Tuscarora
Alternate spellings: Go-Da-Si-Yo
Also known as: Woman Chief
Type: Native American chief, legendary woman
In Seneca and Tuscarora mythology, Godasiyo was the original leader of the Iroquois people, until quarreling factions caused
them to split into different tribes. Their lack of cooperation ultimately caused Godasiyo's departure (in some versions she
is killed, while in others, she is so displeased by her people's infighting that she turns into a fish and leaves.)
Without Godasiyo, the different Iroquois tribes ceased to be able to understand each other's languages.
According to legend, the tribes remained hostile
to each other until Hiawatha and the
Peacemaker reunited them many generations
Godasiyo the Woman Chief Tribes of Many Languages:
Seneca legends about the legendary female Iroquois chief.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Skunny Wundy: Seneca Indian Tales:
Book of Seneca legends and folktales.
Sky Woman: Legends of the Iroquois:
Wonderful illustrated collection of Iroquois Indian legends, by Oneida and Mohawk authors.
Seneca Myths and Folk Tales:
Classic collection of Seneca Indian legends.
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