The UK Bible Students
ALLAN W. ECKERT ON
Allan W. Eckert, A
Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh (New York: Bantam Books; 1992).
American spellings retained.
a white man kills an Indian in a fair fight it is called honorable, but when an
Indian kills a white man in a fair fight it is called murder.
When a white army
battles Indians and wins it is called a great victory, but if they lose it is
called a massacre and bigger armies are raised.
If the Indian flees before the
advance of such armies, when he tries to return he finds that white men are
living where he lived.
If he tries to fight off such armies, he is killed and
the land is taken anyway.
When an Indian is killed it is a great loss which
leaves a gap in our people and a sorrow in our heart; when a white is killed,
three or four others step up to take his place and there is no end to it.
white man seeks to conquer nature, to bend it to his will and to use it
wastefully until it is all gone and then he simply moves on, leaving the waste
behind him and looking for new places to take. The whole white race is a
monster who is always hungry and what he eats is land.’ – Chiksika,
elder brother of Tecumseh, to Tecumseh, March 19, 1779.