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Chief Seattle created the speech This Sacred Soil to explain several facts about the Indians to Isaac Stevens Governor of Washington Territory He expressed his animosity towards the white man before signing a treaty which redistibuted his land to white settlers Chief Seattle compares the deceased Indians to the deceased whites By using comparisons about the deceased he illustrates the difference in morals He also uses similes and metaphors to express his love of nature To detail the differences between the lives of Indians and the lives of whites he uses hyperbolas similes and metaphors Indians and whites beliefs about the deceased vary drastically Chief Seattle contrasts the Indians love of the land and the whites ignorance of the land by saying Your dead cease to love you and the land of their nativity as soon as they pass the portals of the tomb and wander way beyond the stars Our dead never forget the beautiful world that gave them being Chief Seattle condemns the white man for moving away from their homes displaying disrespect for the dead by noting You wander far from the graves of your ancestors and seemingly without regret He discussed the deceased to exemplify the lack of maturity and respect that white men have for the dead and life in general He entertained examples of the morals Indians possess by stating To us the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground He also cites the reason no white man will be completely alone in the statement At night when the streets of your cities and villages are silent and you think them deserted they will throng with returning hosts that once filled and still love this beautiful land Chief Seattle strategically discusses the deceased to show the Indians possess true compassion and love of each other and nature Chief Seattle along with all Indians share a common love of the land
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