Friday, November 28, 2014
HISTORY IS WHAT WE SAY IT IS
Selling The Sky
It was a welcome for
the new territorial govenror. A chief
rose to make a speech. Dr. Smith
took notes. Thirty-three years later
his impression of the speech,
stated with Victorian elegance, appeared
in the Seattle Sunday Star
and reappeared, as history, with some
additions, after another fifty years.
What you see now, phrases and scrapes
on T-shirts and posters, is drawn
with no credit given from a TV script
with Southern Baptist and Environmentalist
revisions — he's been
a Catholic pragmatist.
So, what did Chief Seattle really say?
How can you sell the sky? Well,
you sell what you have, to buy
what you must. Fictional Indian quotations
bring a better price than real ones.
………….Further research should yield you more detail but this is sufficient to show us we should quote past heroes with care.