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Chief Seattle's Prophetic Words 1852

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Chief Seattle's Reply to a Government Offer to Purchase the Remaining Salish Land. He foretold our future in 1852.

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Pamylle G (461)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 5:36 am
So very wise ! We would do well to heed these words, and internalize them. I am always glad to be reminded.
Thanks, Tinkie !

Naoko i (264)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 6:18 am
Great. Thanks for posting.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 6:59 am

What a beautiful way to begin my day . . . Thank you so much for this, Tinkie!

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 3:49 pm
Oh yes, know this speech well. Thank you for posting so those who may not know of this may read. He was certainly an insightful man in many ways. Is a shame these brilliant people were not treated any better than the dogs, and even the dogs got better treatment a lot of time by the Federal Government.

Darlene K (356)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 8:00 pm
very noted and thank you.

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 8:25 pm
Thank you Tinkie,
Noted and I bless you for the sharing of this here.
Chief Seattle is part of my history..... and his words are full of so much truth and hope. Thank you so much for this...
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greenplanet e (155)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 9:00 pm
Good to remember. We must take care of our mother, the earth.

Sad to see the killed buffalo and felled trees, only the stumps left.

Anne F (17)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 9:04 pm
Good to remember words from the past. Ideals (such as these, and the teachings of Saint Francis) need polishing.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 9:11 pm
I would like to say one of the best speaches I have ever heard worldwide!I wish the radio stations would play this over and over 24 hrs a day 7 days a week until people get it. But, I guess there is no money in that....

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Jelica R (144)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 9:26 pm
This is great speech. Thanks, Tinkie!

Please, watch Chief Seattle's Response.

"Chief Seattle gave a speech in January 1854 that was reported by Dr. Henry A. Smith in the Seattle Sunday Star in 1887. It is most usually called Seattle's Reply since it was a response to a speech by Territorial Governor Isaac I. Stevens. The speech has been widely cited as "powerful, bittersweet plea for respect of Native American rights and environmental values"

Many of the concepts and words present in Smith's version would be difficult to convey in Chinook, and it seems clear that Smith's rendition may capture the style of Seattle's speech, rather than its specific contents. While this is not a poem, it was included in our Moving Poetry series because it contains many of the rhythms and elements of great poetry."

Marty H (119)
Monday January 18, 2010, 1:42 am
Thanks Tinkie! That was awesome! Lived in that area once too!

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Monday January 18, 2010, 2:04 am
important point noted.

Teresa W (782)
Monday January 18, 2010, 2:14 am

G. C (40)
Monday January 18, 2010, 4:50 am
Such wisdom. And so totally ignored by the greedy people that continue to be more numerous as the years go by.
Thank you, Tinkie

. (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 5:32 am
Thannnxxx... it is a shame that people in general do not heed to prophectic words given... that is why the world is in such a mess.. it is about time these people were given the homor and respect due to them..

Kenneth L (314)
Monday January 18, 2010, 5:33 am
Wow, that is great Tinkie. Thank you. Of course he was right.
Very emotional, especially where he says if we do not own it how can we sell it? One example of that is I still see 'Private property' 'No trespassing' 'Trespassers will be prosecuted' signs all over in areas that have nature. Since when does somebody own nature and no one else can drink from it?

Past Member (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 7:51 am
sorry to rain on this party, but ....

A widely publicized speech arguing in favor of ecological responsibility and respect of native Americans' land rights has been attributed to him; however there is controversy about what, if anything, he actually said.

No one alive today knows what he said; he spoke in the Lushootseed language, and someone translated his words into Chinook jargon, and a third person translated that into English.

Some years later, Dr. Henry A. Smith wrote down an English version of the speech, based on Smith's notes. It was a flowery text in which Si’ahl purportedly thanked the white people for their generosity, demanded that any treaty guarantee access to Native burial grounds, and made a contrast between the God of the white people and that of his own. Smith noted that he had recorded "...but a fragment of his [Sealth's] speech". Recent scholarship questions the authenticity of Smith's supposed translation

E I T (4)
Monday January 18, 2010, 9:34 am
Beautiful thoughts, real or not.

It don't matter who said them, or where they originated, Agnes, because it is the thoughts behind them that truly matter.

I real an illustrated storybook to my after-schoolers at the head-start I taught at. Some of the boys were in tears afterwards. Truly touching.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday January 18, 2010, 9:39 am

Thank you, EIT.


Although some pedants may challenge the origin of the actual words, it is well documented that the philosophy of Native Americans was in sharp contrast to the motivations and intents of the European "settlers" (murderers) who came next.

We are living in the proof!


kathryn cook (628)
Monday January 18, 2010, 11:55 am
We kept our promise--we took their land - I do so wish care2 members would collectively come together and we all petition this government w/the Tribes and Tribal council to make right so many of the treaties they honorable signed and we the Unites States government conveniently decided to ignore. Ty for this very moving post

kathryn cook (628)
Monday January 18, 2010, 12:03 pm
You must go listen to the speech - it is so profound

susan w (13)
Monday January 18, 2010, 12:24 pm
thanks for that story,but i wonder to about the translation...maybe words were added or took away....but i get what he was trying to say....

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Monday January 18, 2010, 1:54 pm
Susan w.
These are the original words, and they have been a part of history in it true form from the very beginning. There is no misunderstanding of the translating at all. It is original in it's real intention.

Erika H (3)
Monday January 18, 2010, 1:59 pm
Thankyou. It is a beautiful message.

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Monday January 18, 2010, 2:04 pm
More related quotes that need to be shared and understood....*S*

Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we share the Earth:-
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds, winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.
~ Native American Elder ~

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
~ Ancient Indian Proverb ~

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
~ Chief Seattle, 1854 ~

When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
~ Cree Prophecy ~

Only when the last tree has died
and the last river been poisoned and the last fish

been caught
will we realise we cannot eat money.
~ Cree Indian Proverb ~

I do not think the measure of a civilization
is how tall its buildings of concrete are,
But rather how well its people have learned to relate
to their environment and fellow man.
~ Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe ~

We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our

We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was

We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent

Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her

~ Iroquois ~

There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and

seldom traveled,
which leads to an unkown, secret place.
The old people came literally to love the soil,
and they sat or reclined on the ground with a

feeling of
being close to a mothering power.
Their teepees were built upon the earth
and their altars were made of earth.
The soul was soothing, strengthening, cleansing

and healing.
That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth

instead of
propping himself up and away from its life giving

For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to

think more deeply
and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly

into the mysteries of
life and come closer in kinship to other lives about

~ Chief Luther Standing Bear ~

Man's heart away from nature becomes hard.
~Standing Bear ~

You must teach your children that the ground

beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers.
So that they will respect the land, tell your children

that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin.
Teach your children what we have taught our

children, that the earth is our mother.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the

If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon

~ Unknown ~

Ronna S (22)
Monday January 18, 2010, 2:09 pm
No matter what any grim puss says--beautiful words from a beautiful heart, for all who have been oppressed and ARE STILL, may we send our best love and wishes for healing. A special healing for victims of religious
oppresion all over the earth- from our own nations, to Haiti and Gaza and beyond, may healing and forgiveness begin with ME! No matter who pushes back with violence, progress will always be made one step at a time- one person at a,and we will not forget to honor those who came before....for our childrens' sake...

Trevor Caldwell (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 2:09 pm
Very moving! If only we still thought like that about our land & planet - and acted accordingly.

Reggae S (2)
Monday January 18, 2010, 2:51 pm
This is so beauty-full, I never tire of listening to it and wish our world would hear it more.... Protect our Earth and our People.
A Cherokee prayer blessing.

"May the warm winds of heaven blow softly upon your house,
May the Great Spirit bless all who enter there,
May your moccasins make happy tracks in many snows,
And may the rainbow always touch your shoulder."

connor h (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 3:14 pm
if only the Native American ways of life (harmony with nature) was more predominant in the world

. (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 3:54 pm
noted thanks

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Monday January 18, 2010, 5:02 pm
Naysayers regardless only make their statements to take away the true meaning behind the words. Over the years I have heard more people discount Native American wisdom than any culture through history. What is about being critic rather than the creater that brings them out of the woodwork I will never understand.
But the Yakama, and Salish are of my blood, and again the words are as strong now then they were when I was a child....*S* Perhaps it is the concept of being "a part of something bigger than oneself" that bothers them so. Why it offends some rather than make them feel a part of something bigger than onself is beyond my understanding, but humans have the need to be bigger and better gives them more power over all things so it feeds their egos instead of being a part of something separate....who is only within their own minds that they have to figure it out.......................

Phyllis P (237)
Monday January 18, 2010, 5:57 pm
For some reason I can't watch the video....sorry I missed the speech. Story noted

kimberly DuBoise (1)
Monday January 18, 2010, 6:06 pm
i too feel that we need to heed the warnings of the past.... we are all one!

Deborah O (98)
Monday January 18, 2010, 6:21 pm
I suggest this simple way to honor Chief Seattle and all the other noble native American leaders this country has treated in such an ignoble fashion: read about them, read their words and read them to your children. Even those of us familiar with this area do not know every leader's life, every leader's words. We may have been separate when this whole mess began and me may have our separate cultural identities still, as we should, but we ARE all in the same boat when it comes to the major problems we are dealing with (like the BIA, the BLM, the justice department, the entire federal government...) There is nobility in the lives of men like Chief Seattle and wisdom in their words and we are all so much in need of both.

Shari G (27)
Monday January 18, 2010, 6:58 pm
So many brilliant men and women disregarded. Their knowledge and understanding of life puts our current leaders to shame. We need to keep their way alive as much as we can and tell their stories to our children so we don't forget...all of us, native and non-native. We can start by insisting the history books in the schools tell it like it was. Thanks Wolfweeps. I made a copy of the quotes for the fridge. Thanks Tinkie

Bob E (113)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 3:01 am
Chief Seattle’s words are beautiful and cut deep to the bone… What are we doing to Mother Earth?

We are greedy, wealth driven, materialistic and uncaring with no respect for our environment… Where will it all end? When will we stop our crazy desire to capture and destroy our beautiful planet.

Our actions are sickening…..

Kenneth L (314)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 5:04 am
Thank you Wolfweeps for speaking regarding the translation (and more quotes). I was thinking even if it wasn't perfectly translated WHOEVER said those words spoke the truth about nature and things. Possibly it's not necessarily WHO said what, but that the TRUTH is spoken.
Certainly the native people have an extremely deep and long relationship with, and respect for, nature and living things. Truly words of wisdom.

Nola g (5)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 6:12 am
Thank you for the awesome post.

Terry B (649)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 7:52 am
Chief Seattle's words should be posted in every classrom in the world.

And thanks to Pommawolf for her extensive quotes, which I have printed and will take to heart.

Ash wilson (10)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 9:28 am
good good

Ilonka S (21)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 1:20 pm
thank you so much for this speech, it makes me think, we need more wise man like Chief Seattle

Mari 's (1356)
Wednesday January 20, 2010, 9:50 am

Beautiful & So True I Agree 100%! :) LIFE IS SACRED A True Miracle!

Tinkie K (71)
Friday January 22, 2010, 2:12 am
I am wishing everybody a lovely lovely weekend.
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