Born at Six Nations on August 10th, 1841, Oronhyatekha was baptized Peter Martin. From the time of his early child hood, he prefered his Mohawk name, which means Burning Sky. “There are thousands of Peter Martins,” he declared, “but there is only one Oronhyatekha.” Oronhyatekha’s character owed much to the influence of his grandfather, George Martin. As a Confederacy chief, George Martin was obliged to uphold the three principles most central to his position: Peace, Power and Righteousness, and raised Oronhyatekha to exemplify those high ideas in his life.
Confederacy Chiefs, 1871. Albumen print photograph. Collection of the Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario.
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