on April 29, 2000
Scott Christiansen's book is a superby researched, sensitively written and highly readable account of this exceptional man of the Northwest Shoshone. Until his book little was known of Sagwitch or of this unique band. Readers will find a very balanced account concerning the Bear River Massacre and how it affected the Shoshone survivors, their way of life, and how the local Mormon settlers dealt with the tragedy.
on February 9, 2011
I read this book and have referred to it many times in writing a fictional book set in Paradise, Utah. It is well-researched with photos and stories from the history of the Shoshone people and Chief Sagwitch. It is important reading for anyone in Cache Valley, Utah or Southern Idaho. It's an important part of the history of the American West and a remarkable people.
on May 17, 2012
I read this book with the intent of learning more of the Bear River Massacre and its relationship to a Colt pistol relic in my possession found on family property in Franklin, Idaho in the 1930's. Scott Christensen's research was thorough on the subject of the Northern Shoshone and the massacre as well as well written. His book is engaging and its important. Its the story of more than Sagwitch. Its the story of a terrible time in U.S. history. Its also the story of a few dedicated men who tried to make a difference for the Northern Shoshone at significant personal cost and effort. I don't recall having heard of such an effort between a Native American tribe and white men working together to make a mutually desirable difference. It was an effort that preserved dignity. The experience speaks well of Sagwitch's band as well as the few white men who gave much. Washakie, the town they ultimately built no longer exists however Scott Christensen documents some of the success of the experience demonstrated in later generations. Such success is a tribute to Sagwitch, his people, George Washington Hill and others who contributed. Reading this account of this little known history is of value to me. A few people tried something that made a difference. I got more than I thought possible from the read.