• Houses are built for you to hold councils in.

  • Chief Tecumseh

    Indians hold theirs in the open air.

    Profile Picture of Chief Tecumseh in Address to William Henry Harrison
  • I am a Shawnee.

  • My forefathers were warriors.

  • Their son is a warrior.

  • From them I take my only existence.

  • From my tribe I take nothing.

  • Chief Tecumseh

    I have made myself what I am.

    Profile Picture of Chief Tecumseh in Address to William Henry Harrison
  • And I would that I could make the red people as great as the conceptions of my own mind, when I think of the Great Spirit that rules over us all.

  • I would not then come to Governor Harrison to ask him to tear up the treaty [the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, which gave the United States parts of the Northwest Territory].

  • But I would say to him,

  • {“Brother, you have the liberty to return to your own country.”}

  • Chief Tecumseh

    You wish to prevent the Indians from doing as we wish them, to unite and let them consider their lands as a common property of the whole.

    Profile Picture of Chief Tecumseh in Address to William Henry Harrison
  • You take the tribes aside and advise them not to come into this measure.

  • You want by your distinctions of Indian tribes, in allotting to each a particular, to make them war with each other.

  • You never see an Indian endeavor to make the white people do this.

  • You are continually driving the red people, when at last you will drive them into the great lake [Lake Michigan], where they can neither stand nor work.

  • Since my residence at Tippecanoe, we have endeavored to level all distinctions, to destroy village chiefs, by whom all mischiefs are done.

  • Chief Tecumseh

    It is they who sell their land to the Americans.

    Profile Picture of Chief Tecumseh in Address to William Henry Harrison
  • Brother, this land that was sold, and the goods that was [sic] given for it, was only done by a few.