CHIEF SEATTLE was a 19th century chief of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes in the area of Puget Sound. The city of Seattle is named for him.
In 1854, when the U. S. Government-appointed Commissioner of Indian Affairs for Washington Territory arrived, it is said that Chief Seattle rose to speak.
“The sable braves, and fond mothers, and glad-hearted maidens, and the little children who lived and rejoiced here, and whose very names are now forgotten, still love these solitudes…. At night, when the streets of your cities and villages shall be silent, and you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning hosts that once filled and still love this beautiful land.”
Chief Seattle’s exact words have been lost through translation and rewriting from the Lushootseed Indian language he spoke. But the above lines are often included. These thoughts echo still, from Puget Sound across the lands and waters of our globe, admonishing us all.
We must be stewards of the Earth … for those who came before us … and for ourselves … and for those who will come after us.
19 February 2018