Phillip B Gottfredson, who has spent decades living among First Nations people seeking to understand Native American culture, provides a detailed synopsis of the Black Hawk War of Utah that decimated the Timpanogos Nation from 1849 - 1873.
His account brings a much-needed perspective to a war that has historically been examined from the one-sided perspective of the Mormons. In collaboration with tribal leaders, he shares the Timpanogos version of the story, writing from the vantage point of the native peoples of Utah – a reference point that has been deliberately ignored.
The Timpanogos were first discovered by Spanish explorer Juan Revera in 1765, and later Dominguez and Escalante in 1776. They describe in their journals having met “the bearded ones” who spoke Shoshone.
Some seventy thousand Timpanogos Indians – the aboriginal people of Utah – died from violence, starvation, and disease after Mormon colonists stole their land and destroyed their culture over a twenty-one-year timeframe, but few people know anything about them, who they are, or what they believed in.
Join the author as he shares his extraordinary spiritual journey into the Native America culture, and highlights a war that has been overlooked and misunderstood for far too long.
Five Star Reviews!
My journey to Understand... Black Hawk's Mission of Peace
"This book is an honest look at how native peoples have been and still are treated by an encroaching group who believe they have a higher right to do whatever they want to do, regardless of the consequences in human pain and suffering. We have a hard time imagining that our human history is a checkered one. Mr. Gottfredson has done an amazing job of telling this story with passion and honesty. As you follow him through his journey of discovery, you will be captivated by his experiences. And if you are willing to be honest in your feelings and a real student of human history, you will be rewarded with a greater and more profound understanding of the path we would all do well to emulate on our way to psychological wholeness. (and also a real spiritual awakening) As many have said, this book should be a part of every American high school student's study of American history, for if we could be willing to acknowledge our whole history and see the truth, the truth will set us free. Bravo, Sir ! barely ablemann Washington DC"
"This book was truly inspired! It was powerful, filled with emotions, truths and love. I appreciated the care the author took to give us the reader of the beauty of the Native American people. Thank you Phillip Gottfredson - Cynthia Johnson Utah"
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Indian Depredations in Utah by Peter Gottfredson
My journey to Understand... Black Hawk's Mission of Peace is a companion book to "Indian Depredations in Utah" by Peter Gottfredson who is Phillip's great-grandfather. Peter's book is one of the oldest firsthand accounts of the Utah Black Hawk War published in 1919. Culturally important, Peter was a friend of Black Hawk and spent much of his youth living in the camps of the Timpanogos during the war. Inspired by his great-grandfathers book Indian Depredations In Utah, Phillip has just republished Peter's time-honored account and is available for purchase at Barnes & Nobel and Amazon. 5 star reviews! For more information please visit our Indian Depredations In Utah homepage.
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 352 pages | ISBN 1-58736-127-2