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Hiawatha was a Native American leader and founder of the Iroquois Confederacy. He leads the Iroquois in Civilization V.


Hiawatha (Civ5)

Hiawatha in game

Hiawatha speaks modern Mohawk. On his diplomacy screen, he is in a forest with a large rock behind him, possibly the meeting place of the tribal council.

Capital: Onondaga

Unique Unit: Mohawk Warrior

Unique Building: Longhouse

Unique Ability: The Great Warpath

Voice Actor: Kanentokon Hemlock

AI Traits[]

Trait Amount
Competitiveness 3 (5-1)
Wonder Competitiveness 4 (6-2)
City-State Influence Competitiveness 3 (5-1)
Boldness 2 (4-1)
Diplobalance 4 (6-2)
Hate Warmongers 6 (8-4)
Willingness to Denounce 4 (6-2)
Willingness to Declare Friendship 6 (8-4)
Loyalty 7 (9-5)
Neediness 7 (9-5)
Forgiveness 6 (8-4)
Chattiness 3 (5-1)
Meanness 3 (5-1)
Offensive Unit Production 3 (5-1)
Defensive Unit Production 7 (9-5)
Defensive Building Production 7 (9-5)
Military Training Buildings Production 4 (6-2)
Recon Unit Production 6 (8-4)
Ranged Unit Production 7 (9-5)
Mobile Unit Production 4 (6-2)
Naval Unit Production 3 (5-1)
Naval Recon Unit Production 3 (5-1)
Air Unit Production 4 (6-2)
Naval Growth 4 (6-2)
Naval Tile Improvements 4 (6-2)
Water Connections 4 (6-2)
Expansion 9 (10-7)
Growth 3 (5-1)
Tile Improvements 4 (6-2)
Infrastructure (Roads) 4 (6-2)
Production Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Gold Emphasis 6 (8-4)
Science Emphasis 4 (6-2)
Culture Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Happiness Emphasis 7 (9-5)
Great People Emphasis 6 (8-4)
Wonder Emphasis 6 (8-4)
Religion Emphasis 7 (9-5)
Diplomacy Victory 6 (8-4)
Spaceship Victory 8 (10-6)
Nuke Production 3 (5-1)
Use of Nukes 5 (7-3)
Use of Espionage 5 (7-3)
Anti-Air Production 5 (7-3)
Air Carrier Production 5 (7-3)
Land Trade Route Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Sea Trade Route Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Archaeology Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Trade Origin Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Trade Destination Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Airlift Emphasis 5 (7-3)
Likeliness to Declare War 4 (6-2)
Likeliness to be Hostile 3 (5-1)
Likeliness to be Deceptive 5 (7-3)
Likeliness to be Guarded 4 (6-2)
Likeliness to be Afraid 5 (7-3)
Likeliness to be Friendly 7 (9-5)
Likeliness to be Neutral 5 (7-3)
Ignore City-States 5 (7-3)
Friendliness to City-States 7 (9-5)
Protection of City-States 6 (8-4)
Conquest of City-States 3 (5-1)
Bullying of City-States 5 (7-3)

Personality and Behavior[]

Hiawatha will normally attempt either a scientific or diplomatic victory.

Hiawatha likes to expand his empire. He also puts a heavy emphasis on religion and 20xHappiness5 Happiness, and will try to build many wonders.

Hiawatha tends to raise a strong defensive militia, comprised primarily of infantry and ranged units. His cities will be among the best defended.

Hiawatha is a very friendly leader who likes to declare friendship. In addition to being loyal, he is quite forgiving and not prone to backstabbing, though he has a strong tendency to ask his allies for help.

Hiawatha will try to befriend and protect city-states, and will almost never try to conquer them.

Civilopedia entry[]


Hiawatha (or "Ayonwentah") is the legendary chief of the Onondaga Indians who, with the equally-legendary Chief Dekanawidah, formed the Iroquois Confederacy. Little is known about Hiawatha the man; according to Iroquois tradition he taught the people agriculture, navigation, medicine, and the arts, using his great magic to conquer all of man's supernatural and natural enemies. Hiawatha is also believed to have been a skilled orator who through his honeyed words persuaded the five tribes − Cayugas, Onondagas, Oneidas, Senecas, and Mohawks − to form the Five Nations of the Iroquois.

What little the West knows about Hiawatha is usually seen through the prism of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's remarkable epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha.

Verdict of History[]

No verdict is possible on such a legendary figure. The only thing that can be said is that however it occurred, the alliance of the Five Nations proved to be long and remarkably sturdy, even in the face of ever-increasing pressure from the advancing Europeans to the east. Whoever built that alliance certainly did an outstanding job.


Codename Quote (English translation) Quote (Mohawk) Notes
Attacked You evil creature! My braves will slaughter you! Ise nesa tá:ksa! Ta tiskarekette aye'tin nuá:riago!
Declares War You are a plague upon Mother Earth. Prepare for war!  ? The words and expressions used in this line are similar to the ones used in his Attacked line.
Defeated You have defeated us - so be it. But our spirits will never be vanquished! We shall return!  ?
Hate Hello N/A
Hate Let's Hear It 01 Speak.  ?
Hate Let's Hear It 02 I'm listening. 'Ya'sa tasutera. Same as NeutralLetsHearIt02, but with a slower tone.
Hate Let's Hear It 03 Oh, it's you.  ? Actually used as his HateHello line.
Hate No 01 You cannot be serious! 'Ya'ne tayenenas.
Hate No 02 That's unacceptable.  ?
Hate Yes 01 Very well. (lit. "Goodbye for now.") Fá:gi'wahi. Same as NeutralYes01, but with an angrier tone.
Hate Yes 02 I suppose I must.  ?
Intro Greetings, Stranger. I am Hiawatha, speaker for the Iroquois. We seek peace with all but we do not shrink from war. Sgana'gá:hak. Í:naya Hiá:wà:'tha kiehandese. Ne'de yò:ngwe de nuyá:n, ne Rodinu:hsuni. Mohawk orthography/English spelling approximation; the original had errors and it's not fully checked yet.
Neutral Hello Good day.  ?
Neutral Let's Hear It 01 Yes? Hen./'Aw?
Neutral Let's Hear It 02 I'm listening. 'Ya'sa tasudera.
Neutral No 01 No. 'Yah.
Neutral No 02 Certainly not.  ?
Neutral Yes 01 Very well. (lit. "Goodbye for now.") Fá:gi'wahi.
Neutral Yes 02 Alright.  ?
Peaceful I thank you for your mercy. I pray that we can now be friends.  ?
Request Does this trade work for you, my friend?  ?


Hiawatha Loading Screen (Civ5)

Greetings noble Hiawatha, leader of the mighty Iroquois nations! Long have your people lived near the great and holy lake Ontario in the land that has come to be known as New York state in North America. In the mists of antiquity, the five peoples, Seneca, Onondaga, Mohawks, Cayugas, and Oneida united into one nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Iroquois. With no written language, the wise men of your nation created the great law of peace, the model for many constitutions including that of the United States. For many years, your people battled great enemies the Huron and the French and the English invaders. Though outnumbered and facing weapons far more advanced than the ones your warriors wielded, the Iroquois survived and prospered until they were finally overwhelmed by the mighty armies of the new United States.

Oh noble Hiawatha, listen to the cries of your people! They call out to you to lead them in peace and war, to rebuild the great longhouse and unite the tribes once again. Will you accept this challenge, great leader? Will you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?


See also[]

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