Chapter Discussion – Book Report/Review Example
Chapter Discussion Chief Seattle and Black Elk perceive selling of the ancestral land as a remedy to solving poverty related issues and insecurity within the society. Sale of ancestral land for exchange of protection and would not be appealing and acceptable before the greatness of the ancient ancestors. The great Chief manipulated the minds of the elders by offering them unguaranteed temporary support. It would also be easier to extinct Red man’s race owing to the large population size of white’s man culture.
Royal demands from King George to assume control of Red man’s ethnic group ancestral land represents western civilization. Wealthy and educated authorities in the west use their positional hierarchy to exploit the resources owned by the lower middle-class society members. Such exploitations aim at identifying inadequacies such as insecurity, food insecurity, or financial constraints amongst the poorer nations, and using them as bait (McCue 152).
The leader of Red man race, who has the duty of selling the community land to the whites’ race, elaborates the natural treasure of their esteemed resource. The Red man’s leader meditates on the pleasantries of the landscape such as its valleys, hillsides, and rocks. Natural landscape gave their children a platform of appreciating their ancestors’ spirits as they play around scenery.
As described in the article by Smith, 1887, hunger stricken Red man’s community and its elders could not tolerate the plight of food insecurity and suffering of its young, impetuous population (Smith 1). The White man’s promises to maintain peace and well-being within the Red man’s society only aim at fulfilling personal motives. Although the Red man will benefit from the provisions of peace and food security, its culture would lose the intimacy with ancestors.
McCue, Fred. Many Moons Ago: A Memoir in Poetry and Story. Bloomington: iUniverse, 2008.
Smith, Henry A. Authentic Text Of Chief Seattles Treaty Oration 1854. Seattle Sunday Star October 1887: 1.