…I too should become a slave”

I see and admire your manner of living, your good warm houses; your extensive animal agriculture, your fields of monoculture, your gardens, your cows, oxen, workhouses, wagons, and a thousand machines, that I know not the use of. I see that you are able to cloth yourself, even from your industries. In short you can almost do what you choose. you whites possess the power of subduing almost every animal to your use. you are surrounded by slaves. Everything about you is in chains and you are slaves your selves. I fear if I should exchange my pursuits for yours I too should become a slave.

– Chief Big Soldier of the Osage of the Missouri region.

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