Finally, the Chief says “We are two distinct races with separate origins and separate destinies”. Give examples to prove this statement.
Or, How does the speaker differentiate his tribe from the white people?
Or, Why can’t the red children and white children become brothers?
Or, Describe the clash of civilization between the Red Indians and the White people.
Chief Seattle says that both the white men and red men are two distinctive races. He says that white people seem to forget their ancestors and live far from them, whereas for red man the ashes of their ancestors are sacred and customs, rituals followed by their ancestors is their religion. Chief Seattle also distinguishes their god with his. White men’s god seems to love them and hold their hand as a father holds his son’s, but there is no one to help the red people. They seem to be orphans. “How can we be both brothers?” says Chief Seattle indicating to the wide difference between them.
In Chief Seattle’s speech of 1854, he states that the American white people and the Red Indians are two distinct races. Seattle himself gives examples to prove his statement.
The native people of America live closer to Nature than the white people. They love the beautiful aspects of nature and understand the importance of maintaining it.
To the native people, the ashes of their ancestors are sacred and they visit their resting ground to show their respect for those. But, as Seattle complains, the White people have no feelings for their ancestors. They wander far from their graves without any regret.
Again, the white people don’t seem to love this world any more after they die. So they never visit their people and places again. But, the tribal people never forget “this beautiful world that gave them being” and continue to visit their loved ones to guide, console and comfort them.
As for destinies, the white people have received all the love and care of God. The tribal people have been deprived of the love, guidance and protection of God and finally come to their meager existence.
So, there is very little in common between the two races. That is why Seattle feels that they cannot be brothers.
According to Seattle the red indians love the nature which gave them being and their ancestors are kept in high esteemed positions but white people have no feeling for the nature and they wander away from their ancestors.
White people’s religion is scripted whereas the red indians’ religion is the dreams of their ancestors…
Chief Seattle’s speech, January 1854, is an eloquent statement of his belief in man’s sacred relationship with the mother earth. The great chief in Washington wanted to buy the land of the red men. He promised to give a reserved place for the red men to live comfortably among themselves. But chief Seattle, the leader of the tribes, said in his speech that is was not easy for his men to part with their land. All the living creatures on the earth are sacred to them. They are part of the earth and it is part of them.
Chief Seattle says that their land is filled with the memories of their ancestors (dead). Every part of nature reminds them of the their forefathers. They treat each part of earth to be sacred. The water in the rivers and the streams is important to them as well. So the chief says that the water in the rivers are not just water but the blood of their ancestors. The clear water of the lakes tells them of events and memories in the life of their people.
There is little in common between the red children and white children because they have different gods. White people’s god is not their god. He loves his white children and hates them. He has also forsaken them. He can neither protect them nor love them.
Moreover, they are different races with separate origins and separate destinies.
They consider the dwellings of their ancestors sacred. Their religion is the tradition of their ancestors whereas the white people move away from the graves of their ancestors. The religion of white people is written upon the stone tablets by the iron finger of their god.
So they can never be brothers.
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Chief Seattle says that the the red men are few in number than the white men. They are like the scattered trees of a storm-swept plain, whereas the the whites are large in number like the grass that covers the vast prairies.
Seattle says that the Natives’ God is different from the colonisers’ God. The God of the Whites loves his people and hates the Natives. Seattle says that the white man’s God protects them as a father who leads his infant son but he has forsaken the red children if they were his. He says that their God, The Great Spirit, also seems to have forsaken them. Seattle says that God of the whites are making them way stronger everyday but the natives are ebbing away like a rapidly reversing tide that will never return.
The ashes and graves of their ancestors are sacred for the natives, while the Whites are wander far from their graves and seem to be without regret. The views on death of the Whites also differ from that of the Natives. The natives even after death of their loved ones they would remember them and their experience in every place with them either in the magnificent mountains or even the stones are sacred to them, while when a person dies he is not remembered and is forgotten by the Whites.
Seattle says that the natives are like orphans with no one to support them. Hence he says “How then can we be brothers?”
Chief Seattle says that they are few in numbers whereas the white men are large in number and also he says that they are two distinct races.