The Wisdom of Chief Seattle

Chief Seattle was a chief of the Duwamish, a native American tribe that have lived in the area of Washington state where the city of Seattle now lies.

Chief Seattle died in June 1866, and knew nothing of Africa’s wildlife. Yet, he could see from what was happening around him that the spread of ‘civilisation’ presented a gowing threat to wildlife.

He is renowned for many quotations but perhaps the one that resonates most loudly as we face the real threat of species being driven to extinction by rampant poaching is this one.

“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.
All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.”