Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle[Download] ➶ Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle By Chief Seattle – All races—the red black yellow and white—were once believers in the beauty of the world Brother Eagle Sister Sky brings to mind the possibility of a world that once was paradise—Jewell Praying W All races—the red Sister Sky: Epub Þ black yellow and white—were once believers in the beauty of the world Brother Eagle Sister Sky brings to mind the possibility of a world that once was paradise—Jewell Praying Wolf James lineal nephew of Chief SeattleHow can you Brother Eagle, PDF/EPUB ² buy the sky How can you own the rain and the windSo begin the moving words attributed to a great American Indian chief—Chief Seattle— than years ago They are words that elouently capture the central belief of Native Americans that this Eagle, Sister Sky: PDF/EPUB ½ earth and every creature on it is sacred It is these words and this belief that have inspired what has been truly a labor of love for Susan Jeffers; her most extraordinary paintings illuminate the words and world vision possessed by Native Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message PDF \ AmericansEach generation's newborn deserve the same chance as their ancestors—to breathe fresh air to drink pure water to hear the songs of nature in the winds the trees and resonating from the observing rocks that vibrate with the heartbeat of the earth itself In Brother Eagle Sister Sky Chief Seattle's words have been transformed into an experience children of all ages and localities can use to stimulate an awareness of a natural world that is rapidly losing its beauty This book helps preserve what is being lost—Jewell Praying Wolf James. I am not uite sure how to feel about this book Aside from the first and last page the story is actually a speech given by Chief Seattle in the 1850's Though the words are uite poetic at the end the illustrator herself says that they are not perfectly uoted Though I found this under Easy Reader in Thorndike Library I am not sure young children would initially understand it's message or want to pay attention due to the style it's written in it's something not written towards an audience of children to begin with It could act as a good starting point to open up conversationuestionsfurther research in social studieshistory pertaining to Native Americans The illustrations in this book are very well done however some of the imagery depicted as well as the note from the illustrator at the end left me uestioning the intention of the book In my opinion it almost fetishized and romanticized Native American culture to a point that's disrespectful Jeffers also talks about the Native American people in her conclusion as though they are completely a people from the past with none surviving today To an extent it seems as though she's using this story out of context for Caucasian centric environmental propaganda I would not go out of my way to get this in a library collection because there are other books and educational materials that can be used for the same purposes and do so in a tasteful way This could be an interesting book to discuss at the middle school high school or even college level though Author Susan Jeffers wrote Brother Eagle Sister Sky with an environmental theme in mind I believe that her purpose was to pay respect to Native Americans and their connection with the land With that said I feel that Jeffers missed the mark with this text and contributed to furthering Native American stereotypes Jeffers’ illustrations perpetuate the Indian stereotype by including images of people dressed in feathers headdresses and fringed animal skins In addition Jeffers does not distinguish dress or customs between tribes represented in the text I would not recommend using this text in our outside of a classroom While it may have a moving environmental message in it I am sure other texts could appropriate deliver the message It is interesting what one discussion about a book can do to your own perceptions I had readthis book as a student many years ago and enjoyed it yet returning to it now I find myself feeling slightly uncomfortable with some of the content especially after reading articles from Paul Chaat Smith a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and Jean MendozaDebbie ReeseThe story itself is very well meaning and having taken an amended speech by Jeffers from Chief Seattle it talks about the need to preserve and respect the land which we take for granted It tells the story of how the Native Americans have lived in harmony with the land AND Jeffers also lets it be known that it was the white settlers who began a 'bloody war' in which they claimed the land for themselves all well meaning and important to share But the ending which sees a white family planting seeds in order to regrow parts of the forest which had been cut down with the blessing on the Native American people who stand behind them sends mixed messages and who owns the land and how both the Native American and White American people are or are not a part of thisThe main problem lies with Non Native writers taking words from Native speakers and using them for their own purpose around a message which may have little to do with the original The key element that had grated on me and I began to understand after reading the articles mentioned above relates to the presence of the white boy on the front cover and the white family at the back Whilst they are corporeal and the Native Americans being incorporeal which I find difficult to handle since as Reese and Mendoza point out it sends out a sense that these people no longer exist Something to think about This book is often used in classrooms as an example of environmental writing for children and as the haunting poetic words of a Native American leader However the book has also been criticized One of the biggest criticisms of this book is the charge of inauthenticity in the words of Chief Seattle In an end note Jeffers says she adapted the letter of Chief Seattle as it is uoted in Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth pages 32 35 It is possible that Campbell and then Jeffers copied a fictional version of Seattle’s words that have come to be accepted as truth even among some Native Americans According to one critic The National Archives the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress each year receive numerous reuests for the original text of the statements attributed to the old chief The United States Information Agency has received similar inuiries from persons and institutions in many foreign lands Unfortunately no one has been able to locate either the letter or a reliable text of the speech” Clark Jerry L Thus Spoke Chief Seattle The Story of An Undocumented Speech Prologue Magazine Spring 1985 Vol 18 No 1There is an additional problem with the illustrations in this book Although Seattle was Suuamish and Duhamish from the Puget Sound area the illustrations feature Indians on horseback who appear to be Plains Indians and indeed the jacket states that Jeffers “consulted with Native Americans especially with members of the Lakota Sioux Nation who also inspired many of the paintings for the book” There is no explanation of why Jeffers chose to use drawings of Lakota Sioux Indians to illustrate a speech attributed to a Northwest Indian but the illustrations while beautiful add to the feeling of inauthenticity This extremely inauthentic book is loosely based on a Native Chief Seattle about respecting the earth and how important it is to respect the earth Yet even on an elementary school level I would pair this book with a full picture of native life as well as the current situation for many Native Americans in this country 25I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this When I get a picture book I expect it to be children friendly vocabulary and simpler language and sentences This was a very adult subject and way of looking at things with a very deep and philosophical viewpoint that only an adult would understand and fully be able to grasp And that's because an adult said it This is a speech that Chief Seattle gave and I didn't know that when I started reading So I found the format not really suited for a children's picture book That was the biggest problem I had with it that kids wouldn't really understand itThe illustrations are ok but not my style They're that sketchy kind with criss cross black lines through everything and I don't like that There is also a lot of writing which takes a while to read through much longer than an average picture bookThe content is the best part It gives a glimpse of how Native Americans view the world and what they value This is one of the rare children's books that doesn't gloss over or downplay what the Europeans did to the Indians It says that they waged a bloody war against the Indians which is probably a little violent for kids but it teaches them the true history in no uncertain terms The author also wrote that they claimed all of the Indians' land for themselves and only let them live on small pieces of landChief Seattle showed the connection Indians had with the landHe asked how you can buy the sky and own the rain and wind He was taught that the earth is sacred to his people every part of it Nothing seemed too small to them because he listed pine needles the shore and insects as being holy to them The sap running through the trees was as known to them as the blood in their veins They're a part of the earth and the earth is a part of them The flowers are their sisters The animals are their brothers Water is the blood of their ancestors and the sound it makes is their ancestor's voice Rivers uench their thirst carried their canoes and fed their children They gave the river the same kindness they'd give to a brotherThe wind that gave them their first breath also received their last sigh The earth doesn't belong to them; they belong to the earth The earth is their mother and what happens to it happens to all the songs and daughters of earth It was sad when Chief Seattle said that the destiny of the white people was a mystery to them He asked what would happen when the buffalo were all slaughtered and the wild horses tamed and there were no secrets of the forest He mentioned talking wires and it was neat to learn the names they had for things back then and learn what was happening in the world when he was alive He knew the thicket and eagle would be gone and foresaw a time when they would say bye to the pony and the hunt It will be the end of living and the beginning of survival That was really sad This we know All things are connected like the blood that unites us We did not weave the web of life We are merely a strand in itWhatever we do to the web we do to ourselvesThat's a really profound way of looking at it that everything and everyone on earth is connected and that whatever you do to the earth is doing it to yourselfHe told the white people at the gathering that if they sold their land to them to care for it like they have to remember how it was when they were given it and to preserve the land for their children's children and love it as they have That was really sad knowing what happened It gave me chills and it's really sad that they asked for that but we all know where the world has ended upJeffers explained at the end that Chief Seattle had spoken with a natural elouence stemming from his oral tradition The book had a way powerful message than I realized What matters is that Chief Seattle's words inspired and continue to inspire a most compelling truth In our zeal to build and possess we may lose all that we have We have come late to environmental awareness but there was a thundering message delivered a century ago by many of the great Native American chiefs among them Black Elk Red Cloud and SeattleShe said destroying nature or anything in it was like destroying life itself to them Their words were not understood in their time Now they haunt us Now they have come true and before it is too late we must listenThat was a little scary a little doom and gloom and way severe for a children's book I thought this whole thing was suited to adults It was amazing that they thought of the earth and these issues so long ago way before conservation and environmentalism was even a thing It shows that their way of life was really earth friendly and white people should have listened to them and not been so superior thinking their ways were so much better when the Indians had respected the earth all along The line ‘in the span of a single lifetime claimed all the Indians’ land for themselves allowing them only small tracts of land to live on’ really hit home the horrors of those ages and the injustices against Native peopleThis captured Native American’s view on the land and the difference between their view and white people who wanted to own the land‘How can you buy the sky? How can you own the rain and the wind?’They felt that every part of the earth was sacred Every pine needle sandy shore mist in the dark woods every meadow and insect They were are holy in the memory of their people ‘I know the sap that courses through the trees as I know the blood that flows in my veins We are part of the earth and it is part of us’They viewed the flowers as their sisters the bear deer and eagle as their brothersThe rocky crests meadows and ponies all belonged to the same family They believed that water in streams and waters was also the blood of their ancestors Each reflection in the waters of the lakes told of memories in the life of their people The noise of the water was the voice of their ancestors The rivers were their brothers They uenched their thirst carried their canoes and fed their children So you have to give the rivers the kindness you’d give a brotherThe air was precious because it shared its spirit with all the life it supports The wind that gives you your first breath will receive your last You have to keep the land and air apart and sacred where you can go and taste the wind that’s sweetened by meadow flowersAnother big line was ‘My ancestors said to me This we know The earth does not belong to us We belong to the earth’‘What befalls the earth befalls all the sons and daughters of the earth’There’s the line ‘the destiny of your people is a mystery to us’ and he uestions what will happen when the animals are gone and nature is destroyed He said ‘it will be the end of living and the beginning of survival’ That was very insightful and full of wisdom to be said so long ago I’ve never heard anyone look at it that way before‘We did not weave the web of life We are merely a strand in itWhatever we do to the web we do to ourselves’It ends on a sad and somewhat discouraging note When Chief Seattle says “if we sell you our land care for it as we have cared for it’ you know that that didn’t happen and no one probably listened to him It’s sad that they thought white people would respect the land as they didThe book ends showing white people on the land as if they've taken over the land and there are no Native Americans there any Even worse in the note from the author she said ‘in our zeal to build and possess we may lose all that we have’ She mentions that people have come late into environmental awareness but there was a thundering message delivered a century ago by many of the great Native American chiefs like Black Elk Red Cloud and Seattle It’s amazing they had that foresight so long agoTo all Native American people every creature and part of the earth is sacred They believe that to waste or destroy nature and its wonders would be destroying life itself Their words weren’t understand in their time and now they haunt us They have come true and we have to listen before it’s too late Chief Seattle lived around 1790 to 1866 He was present at treaty negotiations in the mid 1850s with dominant white settlers At one of those treaties Seattle made the speech that has survived in different forms as the basis of ecological movements around the world I found that really interestingThis would be good for young kids so they can hear the message of environmentalism and conservation at a young age and learn to appreciate nature Hopefully the message will stick with them and they’ll have a respect for it and want to save it This ended up pretty good I love nature and Native American culture so this was a nice combination I also liked learning about a real chief and that this was based on his actual words I really liked this book The illustration was amazing This book is about how the Native American values the earth respects everything and how it ties into each other As the white man settled in America the way of life changed for the Native Americans This book mentions how they uestioned their own survival I realize after reading this book that the Native American's believe you can not buy what is given to people as a gift from Mother Earth Disappointing It is possible to deliver a beautiful and needed message about respecting the earth without appropriating the supposed words of a Native American chief It is embellished and tokenizing to say Chief Seattle said a bunch of stuff that he didn't and not even distinguish his tribe from any other I get the intenet but no we know better and should do better Beautiful Book

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle
  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages
  • Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle
  • Chief Seattle
  • English
  • 11 February 2016
  • 9780803709690