Invitation to Sanpete

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1998
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Invitation to Sanpete
Description Brigham Young had faced mobs in Nauvoo and Indians when crossing the plains, but he had never seen a group more horrifying than this one. The peace pipe was passed around as he listened to an unexpected request to send white braves, squaws and papooses to live in the Sanpitch Valley. A thousand thoughts raced through Brigham's mind. Was this a plot to trap a company of his people many miles from home? To slaughter them at leisure? To feast on the cattle and seize the provisions they would take along? Brigham had heard many tales of sly, crafty Walker. Could he be trusted? Walker related a medicine dream to Brigham Young. He told him that he was acting on the advice of his god, Towats. Brigham listened thoughtfully. His people were like a small stream in seas of Indian nations. He had only been as far south as a small trading post near the Utah Lake, named Fort Provost, and he knew very little about the Sanpitch Indians, but he knew that Indians inhabited all the land south of Salt Lake to Tucson, Arizona. Their lands extended from the Continental Divide to the Sierra Nevadas. To the north and east were the Crow and Cheyenne, to the south and west the Utes, Piutes, and Navajo. A merger of any of these nations could mean extinction for the Mormons. Mormons had faced starvation in the Salt Lake Valley now for two years. They had not produced enough food for their growing population. How could he obtain enough food and clothing to send with them? "You want not only men, but women and children to come?" he asked. Walker nodded his head. Brigham bided his time. To lose the confidence of this group would be a mistake. He must keep peace at any cost. Then in his wisdom he slowly raised up six fingers. "In six moons, after the crops are harvested, I will send you white men, women and children. They will come to the valley of Sanpete" 131
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326429
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