My Journey To Understand Black Hawk's Mission of Peace


Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 320 pages | ISBN 9781480884519 Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 320 pages | ISBN 9781480884526 E-Book | 320 pages | ISBN 9781480884533

About the book:

"He didn't just write about them. He lived with them. He found the truth."

"I turned to not just one tribe but all First Nations of Utah to hear their story about the Utah Black Hawk War. It was the most humbling of all experiences in my life." - Phillip

Phillip B Gottfredson shares an intimate perspective of the Timpanogos peoples of Utah and the Black Hawk War of Utah from 1849 to 1873 in his debut Native American history book titled “My Journey to Understand ... BLACK HAWK'S MISSION OF PEACE” (published by Archway Publishing from Simon & Schuster).

The Timpanogos were first discovered by Spanish explorer Juan Revera in 1765, and later Dominguez and Escalante in 1776.

Some 70,000 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 21-year timeframe according to the detailed account Gottfredson learned from the Native Americans. Because few people know anything about the Timpanogos , who they are, or what they believed in, the author seeks to educate readers about them.

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.

Black Hawk was groomed to become his nations leader believing that love can overcome hate, and hypocritical morality. One who respected himself and appreciated others because we are all human. He understood the natural order that all inhabitants of Mother Earth are connected. He loved unconditionally, and forgave unconditionally, and understood that being born human makes you superior to nothing. All people are one. One of the direct living descendants of Creator. He fought to protect the sacred, his people, and human equality. This was Black Hawk's Mission of Peace that ended the war.

Join the author on his spiritual journey into the world of the Native American culture.

Five Star Reviews!

My journey to Understand... Black Hawk's Mission of Peace

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

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


Indian Depredations in Utah by Peter Gottfredson

My journey to Understand... Black Hawk's Mission of Peace is a companion book to Phillip's Indian Depredations in Utah author Peter Gottfredson great-grandfather's classic original book Indian Depredations in Utah by Peter Gottfredson one of the oldest firsthand accounts of the Utah Black Hawk War published in 1919. Peter was a friend of Black Hawk and spent much of his youth living in the camps of the Timpanogos during the war. Phillip has just rebulished his great-grandfathers book and is available for purchase at Barns & Nobel or Amazon. 5 star reviews!

Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 352 pages | ISBN 1-58736-127-2


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