In Chief Seattle’s Speech, why does the speaker say “Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people”?
Yes, The native Red Indians are found to be very sensitive towards their soil or land. They believe that the land on which they are living are the lands buried with their ancestors’ ashes and they cannot step foot on them, thus they respect them so they do not step over it. Every part of soil is sacred to the red Indians because their land is connected to their ancestors’ memories.
They respect them and see their ancestors in the nature around them — in the hills, valleys, mountains, rivers and trees.
According to Chief Seattle every part of the native land is sacred in the estimation of his tribal people because those places are rich with the blood of their ancestors. As the speaker says: “Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove, has been hallowed by some sad or happy event in days long vanished. Even the rocks, which seem to be dumb and dead as the swelter in the sun along the silent shore, thrill with memories of stirring events connected with the lives of my people.” Their bare feet are conscious of the sympathetic touch of their ancestors. This is all about the Red Indians’ attachment to their land.