In 1810 William Henry Harrison, then governor of Indiana Territory, was negotiating with Tecumseh in order to try to prevent open hostilities. He ordered a chair to be brought for the Shawnee chief. The man who brought it said, “Your father, General Harrison, offers you a seat.”
“My father!” Tecumseh exclaimed. “The sun is my father and the earth is my mother, and on her breast will I lie.” Ignoring the chair, he stretched himself out on the ground.