Indigenous Day recipient Phillip B Gottfredson, author of My Journey to Understand Black Hawk's Mission of Peace, explores the Mormons' Black Hawk War, settler colonialism, and the Timpanogos Nation's fight for survival, spanning 27 years until the bitter end.
Unlike previous historians, Phillip lived with Indigenous Tribes for two decades, giving readers exceptional insights into Indigenous culture and their untold version of the war. Phillip immerses himself in their lifeways and sacred beliefs throughout North and South America, shattering the stereotypes of so-called "savage and heathen Indians."
Scholars need to pay attention to the age-old message of Indigenous America: connection, relationship, and unity. All people are one. All are the direct living descendants of our Creator. Lakota Chief Joseph said, "We have no qualms about color. It doesn't mean anything."
"In my studies of the Black Hawk War, I wanted to believe that the people committing the atrocities on Utah's Native peoples were wretched people. Loathsome people. People who lived out on the fringes of society. People who had gone astray of any moral concience or human decency. But they were people who after committing sensless murders would go home, tend to their farms, sing hymns in church the next day. They were the bishops, councilors, businessmen, and exemplary folks in their communities." -Phillip B Gottfredson
Mr. Gottfredson has done an amazing job of telling this story with passion and honesty. As you follow him through his journey of discovery, you will be captivated by his experiences. Bravo, Sir !" -Barely Ablemann, Washington DC
This book brings light and knowledge to history that has been absent since the colonization of the United States. -J. Ferguson
"I finished reading your YOUR UNBELIEVABLE BOOK your experiences blew me away and I love how you dovetailed your views & everything so beautifully together!!! WOW WOW WOWWW!!!" - Gary Lee Price
"I am not exaggerating when I say that this book has changed my life. I can't recommend it enough". -Stephanie T Lundeen