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Chief Seattle

This bust of Chief Seattle was added to Seattle's Pioneer Square in 1909, same year as the pergola in the background above.


Does anyone know its creator?


There are many other monuments to Seattle, or "Sealth" or "See-Aath" alternatively, in his namesake city. These include: a bust overlooking a pool at Seattle University, Sealth High School, a strong statue of him speaking near Seattle Center with the Space Needle looming overhead, the Sealth Vista building on Capitol Hill, and the official seal of the City of Seattle, which has been Chief Seattle's profile since 1937. There are also monuments in the area, including over his grave in Suquamish, where every year in August a Chief Seattle Days celebration has traditional dancing, dinners, and canoe races.


Seattle is widely cited as a great speaker. Chief among his quotations, from 1854: "Man did not weave the web of life - he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."

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Taken on August 7, 2005