Saturday, February 05, 2005


Pachgantschilias, a Delaware Chief, delivered this ringing denunciation of the white man in the hearing of John G. Heckwelder {a Moravian missionary to the Indians} in 1787.

I admit that there are good white men, but they bear no proportion to the bad; the bad must be the strongest, for they rule. They do what they please. They enslave those who are not of their color, although created by the same Great Spirit who created them. They would make slaves of {all of} us if they could; but as they cannot do it, they {will} kill us. There is no faith to be placed in their words. They are not like the Indians, who are only enemies while at war, and are friends in peace. They will say to the Indian, My friend; my brother!" There will take him by the hand, and, at the same moment, destroy him. And so you [he was addressing himself to the Christian Indians at Gnadenhutten, Pennsylvania] will be treated by them before long. Remember that this day I warned you to beware of such freinds as these. I know the Long-knives. They are not to be trusted.


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