"The white people
never cared for land or deer or bear. When we Indians
kill meat, we eat it all up. When we dig roots we make
little holes. When we build houses, we make little holes.
When we burn grass for grasshoppers, we don't ruin things.
We shake down acorns and pinenuts, we don't chop down
the trees. But the white people plow up the ground, pull
down trees, kill everything
. How can the spirit
of the Earth like the white man? Everywhere the white
man has touched it, it is sore."
a holy woman of the Wintu tribe, 1876