The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8734   Message #4126638
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
18-Nov-21 - 02:03 PM
Thread Name: ADD: As Long as the Grass Shall Grow (P. La Farge)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: As Long as the Grass Shall Grow (La Farge
Shades of Statanstoe, already held in literary contempt by at least some American Indians at least a decade before the CSA rewriting of the treaties.

“The lands which they offer, seem to us but miry swamps, where our nation will survive but a few years at the farthest. Should we leave these lands, where, O! where , should we find a spot to rest our weary feet. It is hard but we cannot resist; he is stronger than we, and our fathers' friend. What remains to be done but to call our women and children together and prepare for the departure. Let us nerve up and strengthen the heart; to say to them that we are exiles without friends or home, save the wilds of the forest. There we are offered a resting spot forever; as long as grass shall grow, and water run. o, pale- face, dost thou speak with a forked tongue that has deceived many of our fathers and brothers. Ye will crowd us out of our homes, and the last look which we cast behind us, though our eyes would fain look for ever on those loved homes; yet, that last look shall be short, and the pale - face will say, as he ever says, 'The Indian cannot feel.'”
[A Sketch of the Life of Okah Tubbee, Tubbee, 1848]