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This moving oration, recited in 1854 during treaty negotiations with the governor of Washington Territory, is considered to be one of the greatest statements ever made regarding the relationship between a people and the earth. It is the most widely quoted speech ever given by a Native American.
Download Chief Seattle's Speech (1854) (Little Books of Wisdom) epub
ISBN: 155709456X
ISBN13: 978-1557094568
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Chief Seattle
Language: English
Publisher: Applewood Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 2003)
Pages: 28 pages
ePUB size: 1960 kb
FB2 size: 1742 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 626
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The Speech of Chief Seattle (an Anglicization of Si'ahl) is often described as the most important and influential speech ever given by a native American,...

unfortunately, nobody really knows what he actually said.

This version, the earliest version, admitted to be only a fragment of what Si'ahl said at the time, was written down several years later by Dr. Henry A. Smith, based upon his own notes, of a speech spoken in the Lushootseed language, translated on the fly by someone into Chinook jargon, then translated again by a third person into English....

That would be reason enough for skepticism before we even consider the overly flowery language of the purported speech, but assuming he didn't make the whole thing up, Dr. Smith likely recorded the gist of the speech: 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. At the least Dr. Smith appears to lack a motive for outright forgery.

That cannot quite be said of those who have championed the more famous version of the speech, the work of screenwriter now professor Ted Perry who used a modern language version of the speech, written by poet William Arrowsmith in the Sixties, as the model for the script of a film on ecology, inserting various eco-homilies among portions of the (alleged) Chief Seattle speech.

"Perry expected to be given credit for writing this film script, but he made the mistake of including the Chief's name in his text. According to Perry, the producer didn't credit his screen writer because he thought the film might seem more authentic without a 'written by' credit."

And the rest, as they say, is environmentalist wacko propaganda.

Note: one could complain that this book is available online for free. Well, yes, what part of in the public domain do you not understand? However, trying to get away with giving someone a printout as a gift will earn you the nickname of cheapskate. If all you want to do is read it yourself, then by all means stick to the free sites. However, if you are looking for a way to get through to someone else, you are better off buying a copy, and a solitary sawbuck for this sturdy pocket-sized reprint is going to be tough to beat. The chief virtue of it being online is your ability to read it first and make sure that this is the book you want to give before ordering it.

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Check out the AFU and the Urban Legend Archive. Chief Seattle never wrote this speach. It was written by Ted Perry in 1970 (or there abouts). Oh come on, how could Chief Seattle have known about whippoorwills, buffalo, or trains? None of these existed in Seattle in the 1850s. Ted Perry knew about them though....
This book was not what I expected. It is quite short, and I believe it doesn't contain the entire speech.