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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 06
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1974
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s65x272x
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 324158
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x

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Title Wakara
Description "Why should I talk to a squaw?" Wakara demanded. "Where is a man to talk to?" Ben trembled behind the corner of the house. He hadn't yet told his mother that there were no men in town. He knew that the Indians admired courage but he didn't feel brave at all. He was the only man. Ben stepped out from behind the house. "I am a man to talk to," he said as bravely as he could. Wakara looked startled then he smiled. "Do you send children to deal with Wakara?" he roared. The other braves laughed and poked each other with their bows pointing at Ben. Wakara signaled them to stop. "Give me Charles Schumway," he demanded. "No," Ben said. "Not until he has been tried and found guilty of some offense toward you." Ben loved to listen to grownups talk. When the other children chattered and played among themselves, Ben would sit off to the side and listen to his father talk about the Indians. He hoped he could remember enough to deal with Wakara, one of the most difficult chiefs in the area because his mood was so changeable. "He has offended me," Wakara said deliberately. "You know the rules," Ben said. "Brigham Young told you what they are." Ben was running out of things to say. He wished he had stayed hidden behind the house. "I am tired of being offended," Wakara said. "I will kill all white people." "But you invited us here," Ben said in desperation. "I made a mistake," Wakara replied. "I want you all to go." Ben thought frantically for something to say. He remembered a story his father had been telling about a chief more powerful than Wakara. His name was.... SSS...Sow...Sow.....Soweitte. Ben remembered. He had an idea. "You have a great chief, Soweitte," Ben ventured. "He is over you. I ask you to bring him. He is our friend but he is Indian. He will be fair." Wakara clenched his teeth. He remembered a day when the first settlers care-fully eased their wagons into the Salt Lake Valley. Soweitte had told the tribal council that the Mormons were good. His scouts had already spoken to the Mormons before they reached the valley. Wakara wanted to destroy the Mormons before they -46-
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Identifier 055_Wakara.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 6
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324152
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x/324152