The true story of the young savage from Spanish Fork Canyon who became the greatest horse thief in the history of the American West, the most notorious slave trader on the western half of a continent, the most wanted man in California, and the undisputed ruler over countless bands of Indians and a territory larger than the state of Texas, but his toughest challenge of all was to convince a beautiful Shoshone woman to become his squaw.
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I loved this book. My attention was held by all of the action, I was interested in the history, and my heart was taken by the love story. This is the story of a great chief of the Utes in what is now Utah. He was a warrior and one of the most accomplished horse thief. But he was chief at the end of an age. As he became a man, the white pioneers started coming across the great plains for trapping and trading, later the gold, and finally, the Mormons who settled in Utah. He was chief at a very troubling time and faced the end of his people's way of life.Ultimately, it was a very sad story about the effects of the white settlers taking away native land and killing or scaring off the native game the Utes relied on. Their religious values and morals differed as well and those caused additional conflicts. Walkara dealt with these things in stride. He was proud and wishy washy and it is hard to tell if he handled things the best way possible. He did what he knew to do; he did what he could do.Throughout the tale of his life and the death of his people's way of life, there is a love story as well. Without giving away too much, it was this love story that was at the heart of the story because despite what else was going on and affecting his people, Walkara was frequently motivated by his emotions of his favorite wife.I will admit, I teared up at the end.
An awesome book written from the point of view of this famous/infamous Ute warrior. The book conveys a very detailed account of the everyday life of the Ute tribe, and covers in graphic detail the butality of this lifestyle. Even more interesting, is the clash of cultures as the Mormon pioneers (led by Brigham Young) establish a foothold, and then begin to spread through Ute territory.