My journey to understand... BLACK HAWK'S MISSION OF PEACE
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.
Timpanogos leader Black Hawk witnessed the worst kind of man’s inhumanity to man, and himself dying from a gunshot wound traveled a hundred and eighty miles on horseback to make peace with the white man, and apologizes for the pain and suffering he caused them, asking them to do the same and end the bloodshed.
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 and 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.
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.
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Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 320 pages | ISBN 9781480884519 $37.95
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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 great-grandfather's 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. And like Peter historian Phillip B Gottfredson has spent the past 20years researching and writing about the Utah Black Hawk War while living with the Timpanogos and various Indian tribes throughout North and South America. Phillip Has just rebulished his great-grandfathers book and is available for purchase on Barns & Nobel or Amazon. 5 star reviews!
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 352 pages | ISBN 1-58736-127-2