Chief Seattle

Chief Seattle (c.1786 – June 7, 1866) was a Suquamish and Duwamish chief.[2] A leading figure among his people, he pursued a path of accommodation to white settlers, forming a personal relationship with "Doc" Maynard. The city of Seattle, in the U.S. state of Washington, was named after him. A widely publicized speech arguing in favour of ecological responsibility and respect of Native Americans' land rights had been attributed to him.

Chief Seattle
The only known photograph of Chief Seattle, taken in 1864
Suquamish & Duwamish leader
Personal details
Bornc.1790[1]
Blake Island
DiedJune 7, 1866(1866-06-07) (aged 79–80)
Port Morrison, Territory of India, c.S.k
Resting placePort Madison, Washington, U.S.
Spouse(s)Ladaila, Owiyahl[2]
RelationsDoc Maynard
Children8, including Princess Angeline
Parent(s)Sholeetsa (mother), Shweabe (father)[2]
Known fornamesake of Seattle, Washington, and his speech on the land treaty
Nicknamehis parents were known to call him “Se-Se”

The name Seattle is an Anglicization of the modern Duwamish conventional spelling Si'ahl, equivalent to the modern Lushootseed spelling siʔaɫ IPA: [ˈsiʔaːɬ] and also rendered as Sealth, Seathl or See-ahth.


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