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Praise & Reviews:
"Everyone--but especially every resident of Utah, past or present--should read this book. Mr. Gottfredson's recursive style embeds the stories and the pain of Utah's unacknowledged genocide in a personal journey of enlightenment and growth that is ultimately optimistic and hopeful. He foregrounds Native perspectives with a quiet insistence that establishes layers upon layers of truth. I am not exaggerating when I say that this book has changed my life. I can't recommend it enough". - Stephanie T Lundeen
"This book was truly inspired! It was powerful, filled with emotions, truths and love. Thank you Phillip Gottfredson - Cynthia Johnson, Utah"
"This book completely changed my life." - Johnathan Canlas, Utah
"In psychological terms, they say you cannot get mentally healthy until you admit the problem, and are willing to look at all your behavior honestly. 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
"As the artist that created the art for the cover of Phillip B Gottfredson's book Black Hawk's Mission of Peace, I will tell you a few things about my background. My home and studio are located in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Where the noted Battle Creek Massacre was fought.
I have been inspired to create several Native American themes, landscape, portrait, still life, and sculpture throughout my 80-year career. But, the history of the great Timpanogos Nation that Phillip shared with me took on a life and spirit of its own. As Phillip spoke of the extraordinary life of Black Hawk, I felt a deep and spiritual calling for me to get involved. This great warrior's story overwhelmed me with compassion and understanding as one being lifted up (transformed) for a once-in-a-lifetime assignment.
Black Hawk's peace mission has just begun. I felt such a powerful experience to get involved in this; it completely changed my life. Black Hawk's intense energy stayed with Phillip and me until the book was completed. You may ask, "is his spirit still with us?" Answer: "More than ever." - Carol Lahoma Pettit Harding