Bury the hatchet


Bury the hatchet

Bury the hatchet is an American English colloquialism meaning "to make peace." The phrase is an allusion to the figurative or literal practice of putting away the tomahawk at the cessation of hostilities among or by Native Americans in the Eastern United States, specifically concerning the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy and in Iroquois custom in general. Weapons were to be buried or otherwise cached in time of peace.

This practice was most famously used in recent time during the 1990 Oka Crisis in Canada, although the weapons were not buried. Faced by an ultimatum that would have seen battle with the Canadian Forces the next day, the besieged Mohawk Warriors piled and burned their weapons, and then walked out of the cordon that had been tightened around them. The alternative was a bloody siege battle, which could have triggered off further violent resistance to the Canadian government far beyond the immediate locality of the crisis, which centred on Montreal's suburbs of Oka, Quebec (Kanesatake) and Kahnawake. Mohawk commentators stated at the time that this was not a surrender, but a cession of hostilities, as per the burying of weapons of honoured tradition.Fact|date=February 2007

From the Hope, Maine Historical Society [hopehist.com] The first Europeans settled in Hope in the 1780s, but Europeans had been frequenting the Maine coast for at least 180 years before that. Captain John Smith and others report on Hope's most important historical event -- the 1615-17 war in which the east Penobscot Bay Tarratines threw off the dominance of the Pemaquid Wawenocks. According to Hope tradition, the peace treaty by which these nations literally buried the hatchet took place on the northeast slope of Hatchet Mountain near Hope Corner.

See also

*Haudenosaunee


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Bury The Hatchet — Album par The Cranberries Sortie 19 avril 1999 Enregistrement 1998 Durée 50 min 58 s 68 min 40 s (remouture) Genre(s) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bury the hatchet — Album par The Cranberries Sortie 19 avril 1999 Enregistrement 1998 Durée 50 min 58 s 68 min 40 s (remouture) Genre(s) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bury the Hatchet — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Bury the Hatchet Álbum de The Cranberries Publicación 1999 Género(s) Pop/ …   Wikipedia Español

  • Bury the Hatchet — Album par The Cranberries Sortie 19 avril 1999 Enregistrement 1998 Durée 50:58 68:40 (ré édition) Genre …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bury the Hatchet — Bury the Hatchet …   Википедия

  • Bury the Hatchet — may mean: *Bury the hatchet, an American English colloquialism, referring to a Native American custom * Bury the Hatchet (album), a 1999 album by the Irish rock band The Cranberries * Bury the Hatchet, a song from the album Kezia by the Canadian… …   Wikipedia

  • Bury The Hatchet — альбом The Cranberries Дата выпуска 19 апреля 1999 Записан 1998 Жанры Рок Длительность 50:58/68:40 …   Википедия

  • bury the hatchet — {v. phr.}, {informal} To settle a quarrel or end a war; make peace. * /The two men had been enemies a long time, but after the flood they buried the hatchet./ Compare: MAKE UP(5) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bury the hatchet — {v. phr.}, {informal} To settle a quarrel or end a war; make peace. * /The two men had been enemies a long time, but after the flood they buried the hatchet./ Compare: MAKE UP(5) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bury the hatchet — If you bury the hatchet, you make peace with someone and stop arguing or fighting …   The small dictionary of idiomes