Draw a character sketch of Chief Seattle as reflected in ‘Chief Seattle’s Speech, 1854’.
Chief Seattle was a Native American Chief — a member of the Suquamish Tribe and a prominent figure among his people — who pursued a path of accommodation and reconciliation with the white settlers.
The chief is well-known for his famous speech of 1854, a plea for respect of Native American rights and environmental values. And this speech sheds some light on the traits of the speaker’s character.
Chief Seattle’s knowledge and wisdom is reflected throughout his speech. The way he draws comparisons from nature and the way he talks about the common destiny of death, only reflects his wisdom. Seattle’s friendly and accommodating nature is evident when he says “We may be brothers after all. We will see.” We can see his credibility when the man asserts that “My words are like stars that never change”. Chief Seattle is also self-critical when he disapproves of the impulsive behaviour of his own young people. Overall, Seattle is a man with great understanding and leadership qualities. He is also respectful not only to his ancestors and their words, but also to the white settlers.