Review of: Scott R. Christensen, Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieften, Mormon Elder, 1822–1887 (Logan, Utah: Utah State University, 1999).
Note: The Following was written for my Utah History class. Given its relevance to Mormon History, I thought I would post it here. As with before, the bold, run-on sentence stating the author’s thesis and the repetitive opening statement for each paragraph were requirements for the paper.
The author’s thesis is that Sagwitch provided much needed leadership to his people, the Northwestern Shoshone, during a time of major transition, from the initial arrival of the Mormons, to the near extinction of his people in the Bear River Massacre, to the their widespread conversion to the Mormon faith and various attempts to adopt a settled, agrarian lifestyle which finally succeeded to some degree at Lemuel’s Garden, and more fully at Washakie, and thus Sagwitch’s life and legacy serve to exemplify the overall Northwest Shoshone experience from the mid- to late-nineteenth century.