Chief Seattle's Speech 1854

Chief Seattle's Speech

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Reaction of Chief Seattle to the greetings sent by Big Chief at Washington.

QuestionsReaction of Chief Seattle to the greetings sent by Big Chief at Washington.
Vishal Setty asked 5 years ago

How did Chief Seattle react to the greetings sent by the Great Chief at Washington?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 5 years ago

Chief Seattle reacts rather sarcastically to the greetings sent to him and his people. He says, “This is kind of him for we know he has little need of our friendship in return.” Seattle criticizes the Big Chief’s proposal of buying the native lands in strong languages. He blames the white men and their disrespectful attitude to the rights of the Red Indians for the untimely destruction of the native Americans.

In the proposal Big Chief wished to protect the native people from their ancient enemies if they agreed to his proposal. But Seattle says that there can be no friendship between the natives and the white Americans due to the wide cultural differences between the two races.

Finally Seattle warns the Big Chief that he should show the required respect to the cultural tradition and the land rights of the Red Indians. Otherwise he would face tough challenges, as the natives remain here to take revenge even after they die.

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