- Bury the hatchet
Bury the hatchet is an
American English colloquialismmeaning "to make peace." The phrase is an allusion to the figurative or literal practice of putting away the tomahawkat the cessation of hostilities among or by Native Americans in the Eastern United States, specifically concerning the formation of the Iroquois Confederacyand in Iroquoiscustom 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 Crisisin 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 Warriorspiled 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 Smithand 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.
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