Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Pioneer’s and the Natives

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The pioneers for the most part had a working relationship with the natives. There were times when periods of misunderstanding stood in the way of progress between the two groups and livestock would be stolen and a few lives lost. Nevertheless, Brigham Young preached to the Saints instructing them that if they did not want to have problems with the natives then feed the natives. Forgiveness came hard for Sister Eunice Snow whose husband had been killed by the natives. She wanted to forgive, but there were times when her patience wore a little thin. On one occasion a native brave entered her cabin and demanded bread. Sister Snow wasn’t in the mood and did what to get rid of the young brave?

a.      Told him to take the pie cooling on the window ledge

b.      Warmed his shoulders with a stick

c.       Threw a loaf of bread out the door

d.      Complained to Arapeen, the brave’s Chief

Yesterday’s answer

(D)                Whitewash and wine

This almanac [1852] moved closer to the traditional American almanac providing recipes for such things as whitewash, Scotch bread, wedding cake, and wine; poems; tables for measuring corn and wheat; lists of discoveries and inventions in world history; lists of Church leaders, territorial officers, officers of the Nauvoo Legion, justices of the peace; and perhaps most importantly, lists of operating post offices with arrival and departure schedules for the mails.

David J. Whittaker, “Alamancs in the New England Heritage of Mormonism,” BYU Studies, Fall 1989, 100.

Additional interesting information:

The modern student who peruses Phelps’s almanacs can imaginatively enter into the cultural world of early Utah. One can glimpse, for example, the major medical concerns of an earlier generation by reading of the potions recommended for their cure. Articles on tanning hides, curing diarrhea, treating cuts and bruises, making candles, preparing vegetable glue, and preventing skippers in hams, suggestions on how to preserve various foods, how to soften water or stain wood, how to remove ink stains, or “How to feed fowls in such a manner that they will lay eggs during the winter season” can bring us closer to the daily lives and thoughts of our ancestors.

David J. Whittaker, “Alamancs in the New England Heritage of Mormonism,” BYU Studies, Fall 1989, 104.

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