Now if we can extend a full hand to the Fancher-Baker families and protect all
the site at Mountain Meadows that would make two good endings.
Fascinating story. I had only heard of the bear river massacre-not the
aftermath. The resilience of this people is amazing. Love the readers comments
too. I'd like to see the LDS church do some research and cataloging of
indigenous peoples languages. Could be very enlightening.
It would have been useful to know the indigenous religious beliefs and customs
among this group of Shoshone that were displaced by their new religion. Was the
language retained, or has it been lost like most indigenous North American
languages? During the years when the LDS church ran a residential foster parent
program for "Lamanite" families to give their youth the chance to grow
up in a white household and free themselves from the chains of Indian ignorance,
were these Shoshone involved?
I minored in History at BYU. I have since read more history than I studied in
school. I missed this story thank you for helping me catch up. I played
basketball and baseball in High School with Darren's son Jeff Parry and we
were in the M.T.C. at the same time in April of 1986. Carlos Harvey in 5th
grade, and Danny Sam in High School were great friends growing up I wonder where
they are now. I grew up in Davis County.
Parry said. “The prophecy about the Lamanites blossoming as a rose
(D&C 49:24) ... I believe it has started, but greater things are still to
come. There is still work to do.”Verily words of wisdom. When
the Choice Seer (the future full-blooded American Indian Moses) comes forth, the
GREATEST things will happen for America's Aboriginal/Indigenous people.
I am not sure which temple that is in the photos, but that is definitely not the
Logan Temple. It looks more like the Salt Lake Temple. Just Google pictures of
the Logan Temple and compare the windows and the mason work.
Beautiful story....too bad that many of the nation's people don't know
the meaning of how to get along with one another like those of 1873. The color
of our skin is meaningless....it's what's inside that truly matters.
It may be a fact that it is likely that great numbers of some "colors"
have, through the years, developed reputations undesirable to the majorities,
but that certainly does not apply to 'everyone'. Though it may be
difficult at times to overlook what may have become "labeling", our
teachings have told us for many years it must be done. We are, none of us
perfect. If the truth be known, if everyone could 'see' what lies
inside each of us, some of us might not fair as well as the beloved Indians of
1873. Bless them all, and, the strength of each of their descendants!
I went to Ricks with a couple of guys from Washakie. Salt of the earth people
and spiritually very strong. The Lord does work in misterious ways.
A few years ago I had the great privilege of hearing this story told by Mae
Timbimboo at an exhibit of Shoshone culture at the Union Station Museum in
Ogden. She told me and my students of what had happened to her grandfather that
morning.Not long afterward, I heard the story of the attack by
settlers from Bear River City upon a small encampment of Chinese farther
downstream along the Bear River between Bear River City and Honeyville.We have a long and terrible history of prejudice and evil in this country.
And sometimes I wonder if we might not still have it within us.
Sounds like he was a wise man who knew that if you couldn't beat 'em,
A fabulous story. Even today I am sure some look down on Indians. As a boy in
Chicago one of the high school coaches was an Indian and he was the best liked
man there. Reservations are terrible for Indians. They have no property rights.
The tribal leader can take his land from him any time so I have heard. So that
is why only a cheap hut or trailer is used. Indians are wonderful and good
people they deserve better.
An inspiring account of what could have been if the native americans had been
treated as they should have. Thank you.