Posted by Eric Knickerbocker on September 12, 2001
In Reply to: Chief Seattle quote posted by ESC on January 29, 2000
Thanks for clearing that up. You know, I smelled a skunk the first time I read the quote anyway. The term "Humankind" sounded a little too politically correct for a "red man" speaking in 1854! It bothered me, as I recently included the quote on one of my webpages, and try to be painstakingly precise and thorough on everything I present on my website--a sort of badge of honor if you will. Incidentally, I still do include it, as I like its message--though I attach a more spiritual significance to it--but I cite it as "-Ted Perry, from the 1972 movie _Home_ (often fallaciously attributed to the Suquamish Indian tribal leader, Chief Seattle)." (To view this page "live," check out: http://www.angelfire.com/mo3/mrrenaissance/quote.html.
Indeed, the quote is definitely bogus. Probably one of the better sites that verifies your statements can be found at: http://www.urbanlegends.com/misc/chief_seattle_environment_speech.html. If anyone would like to see more information, simply run the following search: http://www.google.com/search?q=%22ted+perry%22+home+movie+%22southern+baptist+convention%22&hl=en&safe=active&filter=0.
Like you, I am bothered by false information, and it seems far too many people have become sloppy in double checking their facts. I guess they just don't care, but I hate misinformation with a passion.
Thanks again--yours was the first that came up in my web search, which led me on to confirm without doubt that what you said was true.
-Eric Knickerbocker (Mr. Renaissance)