This We Know


Chief Seattle (Ted Perry)

Cello and oboe are beautifully interwoven with women's voices in this poignant setting of an excerpt from the speech widely, if erroneously attributed to Chief Seattle. The text, by Ted Perry, speech has been widely used as an environmental plea for careful stewardship of the earth.


Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
licensed PDF
SSAA, opt. Solo, oboe, cello $2.00
JS-065 digital purchase only N/A
set instrumental parts, PDF download
SSAA, oboe, cello $10.00

Audio Credits: 

Viriditas Vocal Ensemble, Joan Szymko, director

This we know, the earth does not belong to us.

We belong to the earth.

All things are connected

Like the blood that unites one family.

Whatever befalls the earth,

befalls the children of the earth.

We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it.

Whatever befalls the the earth befalls the children of the earth.

Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.


licensed PDF