I’d like to honour two famous fakes. Crying Eyes Cody, remembered as the Crying Indian, wasn’t Native American. He was an Italian actor. Chief Seattle really was Native American but he never said the beautiful words quoted as his. They were written after he’d been dead for more than a century.
These people did a lot of good though, didn’t they? Their images were used to help make ‘ecology’ mainstream and now look.
[Edit] Here’s another famous quote. Alanis Obomsawin (described in 1972 as ‘an Abenaki from the Odanak reserve, seventy odd miles northeast of Montreal’) is supposed to have said, ‘When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.’ What a great quote, put to great use by Greenpeace and others. There’s no written evidence that this is an ancient saying. But written evidence is hard to find from cultures whose traditions are oral. I don’t care who first said those words about eating money. Aren’t they wonderful words?