Chief seattle (c 1786 - june 7, 1866) was a suquamish and duwamish chief a leading figure among his people, he pursued a path of accommodation to white settlers, forming a personal relationship with doc maynard. For years, but with little success, this small group of debunkers has been trying to spread the word that most of chief seattle's famous oratory was written in 1971 by a scriptwriter from texas. The suquamish chief is best remembered for a speech he gave upon discovering that governor stevens wanted land to build a railroad however, the speech's origins are nebulous (and in some quotations completely fabricated.
Excerpts from chief seattle's famous speech to president franklin pierce in 1854, the united states government aggressively offered to buy 2 million acres of land occupied by native people in the northwest. Chief seattle (or see-ahth) of the suquamish tribe in the puget sound region did indeed give a famous speech -- but not the one i knew that one was penned in 1971 by a texas screenwriter named ted perry.
The story is based on chief seattle's respond to american government after they wanted to buy the land from native americans this is the third and the most popular version of the speech and it's. A famous 19th century speech and writings have been attributed to chief seattle, however there is some uncertainty about what he may have actually said or wrote chief seattle's treaty orientation 1854 version 1 as it was published in the seattle sunday star, october 29, 1887, by dr henry a smith.
Chief seattle's promise to adhere to the treaty, should one be ratified, was observed to the letter, for he was ever the unswerving and faithful friend of the white man the above is but a fragment of his speech, and lacks all the charm lent by the grace and earnestness of the sable old orator, and the occasion. Some of chief seattle's most famous one-liners come from his letter to president franklin pierce, asking for concessions to native americans and for more respect for nature and the land in it, many of the themes of the famous speech are repeated. Speech by chief seattle 1854 how can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land the idea is strange to us if we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how. Famous chief seattle environmental speech is actually a southern baptist document « rusty pritchard says: 20 october 2010 at 3:36 pm  to another account of the speech's origins, perry's version was edited to make it more christian.
Chief seattle summary: a chief to the duwamish people his native name is closer to si'ahl the city found in the state of washington is named after him he is famous for having made a speech that was generally in favor of being responsible to the environment and to have respect of the land rights of his people. Washington state library olympia, washington letterhead (1993) nancy zussy, state librarian the speech given by chief seattle in january of 1854 is the subject of a great deal of historical debate. Chief seattle, leader of the duwamish tribe, was author of the famous speech to washington governor stevens upon his arrival to seattle in 1854 however, many doubt chief seattle's speech to have taken place. The chief seattle's 1854 oration is a speech in response to a proposed treaty in which the indians were persuaded to give up thousands of acres to the us government for a sum of 150,000 dollars the chief seattle's oration is considered to be the mostshow more content.
Chief seattle was a famous 19th century american indian chief of the duwamish tribe and the suquamish tribe he is also known as sealth, seathle, seathl, or see-ahth. Chief seattle's famous speech below is the text of chief seattle's speech as translated by dr henry a smith its authenticity is suspect, since it was published in a small journal in 1887, 33 years after chief seattle supposedly uttered it in 1854 in his native salish language. Chief seattle creates a passionate and a sorrow tone thorough diction and imagery he made his speech passionate and sorrow to move the audience's heart and hoping that the people will take care the land like the chief did.