“The Earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth. This we know. All things are connected. 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.”

Ted Perry [Often misattributed to Chief Seattle, see Source Notes]

Quote Number: 475

Source: Perry, Ted. Home. Script. Produced by the Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission. 1972. in Rudolf Kaiser, “Chief Seattle’s Speech(es): American Origins and European Reception.” in Swann, Brian; Arnold Krupat; eds. Recovering the Word: Essays on Native American Literature. (Berkeley: University of California Press) 1987, pg 528.

Source Notes: This quote is often attributed to Si’ahl, Chief of the Dkhw’Duw’Absh (Duwamish) Tribe, more commonly known as Chief Seattle, but this has been shown to be untrue. While it is true the Chief Seattle gave a speech in 1854, there is no extant record of the speech in existence from the time. The earliest transcript of that speech does not appear until 1887, with the content being partly disputed both now and at the time. Rather this quote comes from a script written by Ted Perry for the 1972 movie Home, which was about ecology, with Perry likely appropriating Chief Seattle to boost the legitimacy or authenticity of the movie’s script.

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