Chief Seattle’s Speech of 1854


Pada tahun 1854, Pemerintah Amerika Serikat mengajukan tawaran kepada suku-suku Indian untuk pindah ke satu wilayah “reservation” yang disebut sebagai “Indian land”. Tawaran ini dibalas oleh Chief Seattle dalam suatu pidatonya yang terkenal yang ditujukan kepada “the Great White Chief in Washington” (Presiden AS) ketika itu, Franklin Pierce (ini termasuk Presiden AS yang paling jelek prestasinya). –Kyle Martin.

Kata-kata kepala suku Indian ini sungguh indah; menunjukkan peradaban dan kearifan lokal yang kental. Diyakini sebagai ungkapan cinta yang paling indah kepada lingkungan hidup. Berikut petikan pidatonya:

This Earth is Precious

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 can you buy them?

All Sacred

Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people.

Not Easy

So, when the Great Chief in Washington send word that he wishes to buy our land, he asks much of us.
This We Know.
The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.
This we know.
Where is the thicket? Gone.
Where is the eagle? Gone.
The end of living and the beginning of survival.

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