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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book but be aware of the problems., 5 Dec. 1999
This review is from: Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle (Picture Puffin) (Paperback)
Without doubt this is a beautifully produced book and is ideal in terms of consciousness-raising. So, on face-value terms, a valuable addition to a child's library. However there is controversy surrounding what Seattle actually said, indeed some of the content is anachronistic. Two problems need to be considered. Firstly, Native American speeches were written down via mediators who often added to the content, or sometimes simply mis-translated. The second problem is that supposed Native American wisdom has been appropriated by white people for a number of reasons over the past four centuries, ost recently by people interested in Green issues. I do not argue that we can learn from different cultures' attitudes to the environment, including those of Native America. What we must do is to grant peoples a right to a history of their own,in which we value accuracy and not merely use them as cultural icons.
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