A Narrative Of The Captivity And Restoration Of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson Analysis

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All over the globe, the lands of their forefathers have been sacred and important to indigenous peoples. These people have shed blood and skin to war over and protect their sacred lands, and Native Americans are no exception. The Native American clans waged war with each other for years and years, and when European colonists came from Europe, they waged war with them as well. However, they always showed kindness and respect to the Earth and all the animals and creatures that walked upon it. This kindness was even reflected in the way they treated their prisoners, as shown in Mary Rowlandson 's "A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson", when their kindness even towards a prisoner causes her prejudices to be replaced …show more content…
Before, in his opening sentences, Chief Seattle refuses to claim the land as a possession, stating "How can [one] buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to [them]. If [they] do not own the freshness of the air, and the sparkle of the water, how can [one] buy them?" He instead claims the land as part of them and their history, that "the shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water but the blood of our ancestors."(Seattle 1)2. He is confused because he and his people have never been raised to treat the land as his property, to use as and do with what he wants. The land has always been his history, his bloodline, something to show respect and kindness to, something to pass down to his children and his children 's children. Although, Chief Seattle is not greedy with the lands of his forefathers; he is willing to share the lands of his forefathers with the Americans under circumstances; that they "must remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports...if [they] sell [the Americans] [their] land, [the Americans] must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where even the white man can go to taste the wind..."and that they "must treat the beasts of the land as his brothers." (Seattle 1). Though Chief Seattle has every reason not to trust the previously antagonistic Americans, his kindness towards the land that he has taken care of - the land that is the blood and breath and souls of his entire culture - allows him to be able to share it. His condition of the Americans treating the beasts of the land as his brothers reveals his kindness and compassion for the land and the animals that walk upon it, and that he is magnanimously willing to share the

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