the white man set a high value on things
the old indian chronicle, book, nathaniel saltonstall, new england official, c. 1677.
At the first, that is when the white People came first among the Indians, the Latter looked upon the Former as Creatures of different Flesh and Blood; scarily Animals. But after a Time they became enlightened. They saw that Men of a different colored Skin from their own lived by eating and drinking, the same as they themselves did. They saw also that the white Men were susceptible of Wounds and Injuries in their Persons as others of their own Color. Hence, in all apparent physical Circumstances, the two Races were equal. Now all this being demonstrated by the actual Experiences of a little Intercourse, the Indian began at length to inquire in the Cause of his being treated as an Inferior. And it was not until he learned that the white Man set a high Value on Things upon which he set none, or very little; and he saw, too, that when certain Things were in his Possession they were of little Value, but that as soon as they were transferred to the white Man’s hands they became of great Value. He therefor said to himself, “It is the Indian’s Property in the white Man’s Hands that gives the white Man Importance, makes him arrogant and covetous; and he despises the Indian as soon as hi Ends are answered, and when the Indian has nothing more to part with.