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  •  Not to rain on your parade.... (0+ / 0-)

    ....but the "Chief Seattle" speech has long been known to be a fraud. It first appeared in print some twenty or thirty years after it was supposed to have been given, in the writings of a hack who did not understand the language Seattle would have spoken in.

    ...but for three years I had roses and I apologized to nobody.

    by sagesource on Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 01:33:48 AM PDT

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    •  More than 30 years in fact. (1+ / 0-)
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      Which does not make it a fraud nor the writer a hack.  The writer was there, as were others, and he knew the chief.  He had his notes.  There would, of course, have been simultaneous interpretation, as Sealth addressed his comments to the English-speaking governor.  In another speech three or so years later, he regretted that the whites had not lived up to their end of the treaty.  I was not there on either occasion and do not claim to know exactly what was said.

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