Indian Stories

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 17
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1985
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Indian Stories
Description An invitation from the exultant Utes to witness their victory ceremonies was accepted reluctantly by the ^Thites, who had no interest in the savage demonstration, because they feared a refusal would excite the ill-will of the powerful chief. In the scalp dances which the pioneers were thus compelled to witness, the prisoners, mostly Shoshone women, were forced to dance, carrying the bloody scalps of their slain kindred. Araid the shouts of derision and savage laughter of their captors, the hapless prisoners, wailing in low, agonized sobs, danced. The haughty chief and his war-crazed followers taunted not only the helpless prisoners, but also the invited guests. Coasting of their feats in arms, their prowess in battle, and their power to destroy whom they would, the arrogant savages spoke with contempt of the weak, unprotected settlement, threatening to destroy it as they ha6 done Shoshone villages. The settlers were saved from this threatened destruction by the wisdom of Brigham Young, for the leaders of the victorious Utes remembered that the great white leader had not roa^e war upon them. His people had fed them and treated them with kindness. Because of this policy, the hints of torture and threats of annihilation thrown out by the proud chief and his men were not carried out. The danger, however, of an assault by this howling band of savages was still present, and threatened to flare up at the least provocation. To protect themselves from an attack which might come at any moment, night or day, the nioneers decided to build a fort. But of what? They were surrounded now, not by weak Sanpitches, but by powerful Utes. To procure logs from the higher elevations, the men would have to leave their homes unguarded for long hours and subject themselves to the dangers of being ambushed and slain. The dilemma in which, they found themselves was indeed serious. While debating the problems of constructing a fort, one of the men suggested that stone from the gray hill might be used to build the walls. This idea was well received. The stone was of good quality and nearby, and the men could guard their 128
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