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LP889 One Condition...(c) Leeds Postcards

part of the famous speech by Chief Seattle at Washington in 1854. The text from which we extracted it is very long. Here is the part in full from which it was extracted:

ONE CONDITION

"So we will consider your offer to buy our land. If we decide to accept, I will make one condition: The white man must treat the beasts of this land as his brothers. I am a savage and I do not understand any other way. I have seen a thousand rotting buffaloes on the prairie, left by the white man who shot them from a passing train. I am a savage and I do not understand how the smoking iron horse can be more important than the buffalo we kill only to stay alive. What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected."

 

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