Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887

Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887

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Sagwitch, "the Speaker," a leader of the Northwestern Shoshone, grew up as European Americans began arriving in his homeland west of the Rocky Mountains. He saw a trickle of outsiders passing through the heart of his people's territory become a steady stream of emigrants and settlers. The Shoshone found it more difficult to support themselves from traditional… See more details below

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Sagwitch, "the Speaker," a leader of the Northwestern Shoshone, grew up as European Americans began arriving in his homeland west of the Rocky Mountains. He saw a trickle of outsiders passing through the heart of his people's territory become a steady stream of emigrants and settlers. The Shoshone found it more difficult to support themselves from traditional resources and tried to replace them from what the newcomers brought. Resulting conflict led to the slaughter of hundreds of Northwestern Shoshone-Sagwitch's relatives-at the Bear River Massacre. Though wounded, Sagwitch lived to lead the desperate survivors. Believing their best hope lay in joining the people who occupied their homeland, Sagwitch and his band were baptized as Mormons. That enduring relationship led to the founding of the Washakie Indian colony in northern Utah and to a legacy among his descendants of community and religious activism.

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Sagwitch, a leader of the Northwestern Shoshone, grew up as European Americans began arriving in his homeland. When conflict erupted in the Bear River Massacre, Sagwitch and a band of desperate survivors decided to join the people who occupied their homeland, and were baptized as Mormons. This history traces the founding of the Washakie Indian colony in northern Utah, and the legacy of community and religious activism among Sagwitch's descendents. Includes b&w historical photos. Author credentials are not stated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874212709
Publisher:
Utah State University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,164,963
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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