Thursday, September 14, 2017

Utah’s “Life Plant”

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According to the natives of Utah, what is considered the life plant?
a.                  Sage brush
b.                  Wheat
c.                   Corn
d.                  Sego lily
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   The natives
The Indians of these mountain regions were a sturdy, vigorous race, with long, coarse black hair, high cheek bones, and a rich copper-colored skin. They were, as a rule, peaceable and friendly towards the whites, and their honesty is proverbial. The story is told that when the good Bishop Whipple of Minnesota was among them, he desired to make a trip away to be gone some days and asked the chief if the things in his tent would be safe until his return. “Yes,” replied the chief, “there is not a white man within a hundred miles.” Mr. Smith, of the Indian service, says that the Utes “are typical Indians. There is probably not a purer type of American Indian living. Honest, virtuous, and free from licentiousness, they are humane and kind to one another, love their children, and never abuse them by punishing them as white people sometimes do. If they seem to us a peculiar people, they can nevertheless teach us many a lesson in keeping promises and in honesty.”

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Publishing Company, 1994), 5:383.

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