Chief Seattle, leader of the Suquamish people

…The sable braves, and fond mothers, and glad-hearted maidens, and the
little children who lived and rejoiced here, and whose very names are now forgotten,
still love these solitudes, and their deep fastnesses at eventide grow shadowy with the
presence of dusky spirits. And when the last red man shall have perished from the
earth and his memory among white men shall have become a myth, these shores shall
swarm with the invisible dead of my tribe, and when your children’s children shall
think themselves alone in the field, the store, the shop, upon the highway or in the
silence of the woods they will not be alone. In all the earth there is no place dedicated
to solitude. At night, when the streets of your cities and villages shall be silent, and
you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning hosts that once filled
and still love this beautiful land…”
– Chief Seattle, leader of the Suquamish people
March 11, 1854, based on the interpretation and English translation by Dr. Henry A. Smith reprinted in the Seattle Sunday Star on Oct. 29, 1887.
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