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Upon the Burning of Our Land On a hot and steamy day the suns rays of heat relentlessly beat down on the cool grassy plains of the earth All the heat is accumulated onto a spot on the dry ground and it starts a tiny flame that forms on the earth The tiny blaze seems harmless but it is potentially dangerous Soon the tiny blaze begins to paint the earth with yellow and red flames More of the suns heat begins to beat down on the lush green earth causing more flames to erupt The fire spreads quickly devouring all that is in its path The fire is only stoppable by the ending of land and earth Many fall victims to this raging inferno but the fire still burns on When there is nothing left to burn the fire goes out leaving a devastating trail of destruction A large and destructive wildfire is comparable to the settling of American soil by foreigners from afar In a letter he wrote to the president Chief Seathl explained how settlers came to this land and negatively affected almost everything they saw including the land and its native people Chief Seathl showed the effects the settlers had on the land as more land and people were burned away for the settlers consumption Chief Seathl spoke of issues that were argued for many years and which still have relevance in our lives today Through remarkably poetic penmanship Chief Seathls letter to the president also showed the great respect that he and other Native Americans had for this land but that the white settlers didnt The letter written by Chief Seathl was one of the most powerful combinations of poetry and prose His appetite will devour the earth and leave behind only a desert The sight of your cities pains the eyes of the redman But perhaps it is because the redman is a savage and does not understand Through
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