Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching

Chapter 9: Chief Seattle’s Reply


Chief Seattle’s Reply

Film Focus Point: This video is a recreation of a speech by Chief Seattle in 1854 on the occasion of an offer by the U.S. Government to purchase the remaining Salish lands.

Text Focus Point: Pages 300-303

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does Chief Seattle’s view of nature differ from that of most Americans then and now? What perplexes him about Americans?
  2. What is Chief Seattle’s understanding of stewardship? Of the link between nature and humankind?
  3. Which of the “Ten Commandments for the Environment” are reflected in Seattle’s words?

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