Chief Seattle (or more accurately, if you have respect for the man, Sealth) never said it. It was written by a screenwriter in the '70s in a factually inaccurate documentary that was written for the purpose of pushing an agenda, not teaching. If someone at Pike place tries to sell you this speech for $20, just point and laugh.
This we know. The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites one family. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the children of the Earth. We do not weave the web of life; we are only a strand of it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. ~Chief Seattle (Ts’ial-la-kum) Suquamish and Duwamish tribes. Do go to the original post and read the other quotes there too.
Chief Seattle (an Anglicization of Si'ahl), (Lushootseed pronunciation: [ˈsiʔaːɬ], originally [ˈsiʔaːƛ̓]; c. 1780 – June 7, 1866) was a Dkhw’Duw’Absh (Duwamish) chief...The city of Seattle, in the U.S. state of Washington, was named after him. A widely publicized speech arguing in favor of ecological responsibility and respect of native Americans' land rights has been attributed to him.
"When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose. You know that you are alive." - Chief Seattle, Duwamish (1780-1866) (From Tumblr blog)
Chief Seattle... Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All thing are bound together. All things connect. I love this... what a beautiful thought!
Chief Seattle 1780 - 1866 @ Ya-Native.com. Pinned by indus® in honor of the indigenous people of North America who have influenced our indigenous medicine and spirituality by virtue of their being a member of a tribe from the Western Region through the Plains including the beginning of time until tomorrow.