vrijdag 18 december 2009

We know that the politician does not understand our ways. One portion of land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother, but his enemy, and when he has conquered it, he moves on. (...) But perhaps because I am a savage and do not understand - the clatter only seems to insult the ears. (...) One thing we know that the politician may one day discover. Our God is the same God. (...) This earth is precious to him, and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its Creator. (...) Continue to contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own waste.
Vrij naar: the Duwamish Chief Sealth, on the occasion when Governor Isaac Ingalls Stevens first arrived in Seattle and told the natives that he had been appointed Commissioner of Indian Affairs for Washington Territory, an event dated as December, 1854.