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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324751
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x

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Title Tabby
Description TABBY Conrad Frischknecht Tacoma, Washington Non-Profes3ional Division Third Place Anecdote Tabby was a Sanpitch Indian boy living in or near Manti aoon after the town waa settled. The Sanpitches were a poor, miserable lot, looked upon with scorn by the more competent and successful Ute Indians. They possessed few if any horses. That confined them to a limited area in which to eke out a precarious living. They were D-igger Indians, obtaining part of their food from roots. In the winter of 1849-50 (the winter of the deep snow and the bitter cold), it was tbe frozen carcasses of the Manti pioneers' domestic animals that saved some of the nearby Indians from starvation. Life for some Indian children was hard. Tabby's lot was especially harsh. He seemed to be detached from relatives. His clothes were made of rabbit skins; he had no abode, and regular nteals were not available to him. Mostly he had to scrounge as best he could for food. Boots, especially those of nutritious cattails,were available to him. A delicacy in the spring was the sweet, juicy bulb of the sego lily. In season there were squaw berries, wild currants and gooseberries, service berries, choke cherries, acorns, and pine nuts. Indian rice grass was a mainstay and was abundant until grazing by the white man's livestock robbed the plants of their seeds. Birds, insects, rodents and other small animals furnished protein. Some- tiiies Tabby begged a handout from townspeople, bat little did his white neighbors realize bow desperate the task was for Tabby to keep skin and bones together. Each day as the sun sank low in the sky, Tabby gathered wood and built a fire to warm himself. After the fire burned low, he scraped the coals aside and lay on the wain ground for a night's sleep. One aoraingjWhen there was frost on tha groundjhe was found cold, stiff, and dead. Sourcei Hrs. Adella Sidwell, Hanti pioneer. ~^*V -32-
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Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324636
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x/324636