Friday, September 15, 2017

Holding Them in Honor

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It isn’t just the Mormon pioneers that hold the seagull in honor, who else does?
a.                  The Puritans
b.                  The Quakers
c.                   The Natives
d.                  The ‘49ers
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   Sego Lily
The Sego lily is Utah’s state flower. It was adopted by legislative enactment in 1911. The Utah Indians have an interesting legend concerning its origin:   Many, many suns ago, the Indians lived in great numbers in these valleys of the mountains. They grew corn and berries in abundance, but as they increased in yield, the Indians envied one another and vied with each other to see who could gather the most food for their winter living when snows were deep and days were cold. Then they warred, and the tomahawk took the place of the game stick, and many Indians were killed. The Great Spirit was displeased, and sent a heat over the land, and the corn and berries dried up. The children were left without food, the sky became dark with great clouds for many moons, the earth refused to yield, and the sands blew over all the land. The Indians sorrowed and prayed to the Spirit. One day the sun shone brightly, and up on the hill the people saw a little plant, growing everywhere, even into the canyons, and far above to the very peaks, The Great Spirit had heard the prayers of the people. And when the Indians tasted the root, ever after they never fought where the lily-bulb grew, and they called it the little “life-plant” of the hills.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Publishing Company, 1994), 5:385-386

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