To end a war, an ambassador came before the Tribal Council and placed the white peace pipe and white wampum in the center of the assembly. If peace was accepted, the chiefs picked up the pipe and white wampum. The pipe was then smoked, each smoker blowing a puff of smoke to the four winds, up above, down below and here in the center.
The War Chief would take down the war hatchet from the center of the Town House, wrap it in black skin and bury it in the Town House floor. It would remain there until war was again declared. To the Ani-Tsalagi, when the hatchet was buried, war was buried as well. The hot tempered young aniyastigi, "warriors," could go off and vent their spleen on the other young warriors of other tribes if they so desired, not involving their tribe or town in such acts.
[First Town is Formed]
[Building the Mound and Sacred Fire]
[Tribal Government] [Leaders] [Red and White Organizations] [The War Women] [Warriorship and War Titles]
[Diplomacy] [Immunity of Ambassadors] [Marriage and Divorce] [Tobacco Pipes] [The Ceremonial War Hatchet]
[Take Up The Hatchet] [Bury The Hatchet] [Traders and Merchants] [Craftsmen and Industrial Arts] [Games]
[Taboo] [Burial] [Book Main]