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Chief seattle

Chief Seattle

In his "Environmental Statement", Chief Seattle describes the vastly different

way his people see nature from the way that the white men see it. He warns that

the white men attempting to buy the land his people live on do not know the

importance of what they ask for. He explains that God, the land, the water, the

plants, the animals, and man are a close-knit family with a relationship

requiring more respect and reverence than the white men give. The white men's

offer of purchase is considered, but only after Seattle drops a few warnings and

suggestions. He suggests that the white men treat the land and water as they

would a close relative. He warns them not to take the land for granted lest they

leave it unusable. He begs them to appreciate the clean air and the life it

supports. He encourages them to love Mother Nature as much as his people do. He

tells them not to treat the earth as if they own it, for the opposite is true.

Moreover, he states, they can't go on living as if they own God. The result of

such actions, he fears, will be the end of being a part of nature and it's

wonders and the beginning of merely being.

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