Nuu-Chah-Nulth Chief to Gilbert Sproat, 1860

Posted on February 7, 2013


nootka sound

Alberni, Vancouver Island, 1860

Gilbert_Malcolm_SproatWe see your ships, and hear things that make our hearts grow faint.  They say that more King-George-men will soon be here, and will take our land, our firewood, our fishing grounds; that we shall be placed on a little spot, and shall have to do everything according to the fancies of the King-George-men…

We do not wish to sell our land nor our water; let your friends stay in their own country….

We don’t care to do as the white men wish…

We do not want the white man.  He steals what we have.  We wish to live as we are.

Quoted in Gilbert Sproat, Scenes and Studies of Savage Life, 1868

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