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History Of Utah's American Indians

By Forrest Cuch

Brand: Utah Division of Indian Affairs and the Utah Historical Society
Released: 2003-10-01
Paperback (415 pages)

History Of Utah s American Indians
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This book is a joint project of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs and the Utah State Historical Society. It is distributed to the book trade by Utah State University Press.

The valleys, mountains, and deserts of Utah have been home to native peoples for thousands of years. Like peoples around the word, Utah's native inhabitants organized themselves in family units, groups, bands, clans, and tribes. Today, six Indian tribes in Utah are recognized as official entities. They include the Northwestern Shoshone, the Goshutes, the Paiutes, the Utes, the White Mesa or Southern Utes, and the Navajos (Dineh). Each tribe has its own government. Tribe members are citizens of Utah and the United States; however, lines of distinction both within the tribes and with the greater society at large have not always been clear. Migration, interaction, war, trade, intermarriage, common threats, and challenges have made relationships and affiliations more fluid than might be expected. In this volume, the editor and authors endeavor to write the history of Utah's first residents from an Indian perspective. An introductory chapter provides an overview of Utah's American Indians and a concluding chapter summarizes the issues and concerns of contemporary Indians and their leaders. Chapters on each of the six tribes look at origin stories, religion, politics, education, folkways, family life, social activities, economic issues, and important events. They provide an introduction to the rich heritage of Utah's native peoples. This book includes chapters by David Begay, Dennis Defa, Clifford Duncan, Ronald Holt, Nancy Maryboy, Robert McPherson, Mae Parry, Gary Tom, and Mary Jane Yazzie.

Forrest Cuch was born and raised on the Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian Reservation in northeastern Utah. He graduated from Westminster College in 1973 with a bachelor of arts degree in behavioral sciences. He served as education director for the Ute Indian Tribe from 1973 to 1988. From 1988 to 1994 he was employed by the Wampanoag Tribe in Gay Head, Massachusetts, first as a planner and then as tribal administrator. Since October 1997 he has been director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs.

Roadside History of Utah (Roadside History Series) (Roadside History (Paperback))

By Cynthia Larsen Bennett

Brand: Mountain Press Publishing Company
Released: 1999-06-01
Paperback (401 pages)

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Roadside History of Utah takes readers on a journey through time as it follows the state's highways, vividly portraying the determined people who faced the challenges of making a home in Utah. Readers will meet them all: the native peoples, early explorers and traders, Mormon pioneers, miners and ranchers, and even today's developers. In addition to detailing the state's major historical events, author Cindy Bennett displays a love of Utah that casts a warm glow on her accounts of tiny settlements taking root and growing into amiable towns like Pleasant Grove, whose main landmark today is a hamburger joint called the Purple Turtle, and Richmond, home of Utah's first evaporated-milk factory. Bennett relates stories such as the terror of Bear Lake, where for years a 75-foot monster was believed to lurk until it was discovered that the disturbance in the water were caused by local cattle. These, and many more tales, are the compelling stories of Utah's exceptional people.

Utah's History

Brand: Utah State University Press
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Utah s History
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This is the most comprehensive volume available on Utah's unique and varied history. From the earliest desert cultures to Utah society in the 1980s, this collection considers social, economic, political, and cultural aspects, some controversial, of the state's history.


By Eileen Hallet Stone

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2013-11-12
Paperback (208 pages)

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In the 1840s, land west of the Missouri River was a new frontier for courage, adventure, freedom and true grit. During this era and the decades that followed, Utah became the focal point for many brave settlers yearning for a new way of life. While Utah's proud Mormon legacy is well documented, there are lesser-known stories that contribute to the state's fascinating history. Join public historian, author and history columnist Eileen Hallet Stone for a look into the state's forgotten past as she presents a revelatory collection of tales culled from her popular "Salt Lake Tribune" "Living History" column. From newly freed slaves, early suffragists, desert farmers and union men to railroad kings, cattle barons, influential statesmen and more, this is "Hidden History of Utah."

History of Indian Depredations in Utah (Classic Reprint)

By Peter Gottfredson

Forgotten Books
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Excerpt from History of Indian Depredations in Utah

My aim has been to give credit where such was due, but to get in the names of all who took part or were enrolled in the different Militia Companies participating in the Indian Wars would be too great a task, and yet, they are all deserving of mention.

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This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

History of Utah

By Hubert Howe Bancroft

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Paperback (316 pages)

History of Utah
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Bancroft's enormous history covers Utah from its Native American days to the first European expeditions into the region and all the way up to Utah's status in the late 19th century as a haven for Mormons.

Utah: By Kids, For Kids

By Venture Academy

Glass Spider Publishing
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Utah: By Kids, For Kids
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Did you know that Utah was the birthplace of the inventors of the Frisbee, the video game, and the traffic light? Headphones? Yep, those are from Utah, too. The state was also home to one of the most infamous outlaws in American history. In this delightful and informative book, learn things you never knew about Utah—from fry sauce, funeral potatoes, and Jell-O, to dinosaurs, pioneers, and mountain men. Utah: By Kids, For Kids is the incredible product of some of Utah’s own rising generation. Written and illustrated by middle schoolers, this book provides: • Fun and easy-to-read articles—perfect for road trips, summer learning, and family activities! • Great supplemental material for 4th and 7th grade teachers. • Helps instill pride and appreciation for our nation’s 45th state. Think you know Utah? Well, think again!

Last Unspoiled Place: Exploring Utah's Logan Canyon

By Michael S. Sweeney

National Geographic
Released: 2008-06-17
Paperback (192 pages)

Last Unspoiled Place: Exploring Utah s Logan Canyon
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Americans have always been passionately bound to the land: It has shaped our history, our ideas, and our art. In Last Unspoiled Place, the magnificent confines of Logan Canyon, Utah, prove the perfect landscape for exploring these beliefs. In brilliant photographs and vivid anecdotes that range from poignant to exhilarating to hilarious, author Michael Sweeney takes us on an unforgettable tour through the canyon’s unsullied terrain. As he marks the 41 miles of the national scenic byway that courses through, he reveals Logan’s vivid past and astonishing natural history—as well as its closely kept secrets. Anecdotes range from bull snakes to bank robbers, from a legendary witch to the curse of "green invaders," and from the first known human inhabitants—the northwestern Shoshone—to current-day characters such as snowboarders, beekeepers, botanists, and whitewater hounds. In the National Geographic tradition, Last Unspoiled Place is richly illustrated with scores of photographs—both current and historic—that capture the beauty of Logan Canyon and the surrounding Cache Valley.

Filled with excitement and brimming with eloquent stories, more than a trip through a canyon, this book is a natural choice for Father’s Day and other gift-giving occasions. Eye-catching and affordable, it will grab the attention of audiences interested in adventure, travel, wilderness, history, and the American West.`

When Hollywood Came to Town: The History of Moviemaking in Utah

By James D'Arc

Gibbs Smith
Released: 2010-09-01
Hardcover (304 pages)

When Hollywood Came to Town: The History of Moviemaking in Utah
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For nearly a hundred years, the state of Utah has played host to scores of Hollywood films, from potboilers on lean budgets to some of the most memorable films ever made, including The Searchers, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Footloose, and Thelma &telling how these films were made, what happened on and off set, and more. As one Utah rancher memorably said, Hollywood moviemakers "don't take anything but pictures and don't leave anything but money."

James V. D'Arc , Ph.D., is Curator of the BYU Motion Picture Archive, the BYU Film Music Archive and the Arts and Communications Archive of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University. He directs the BYU Motion Picture Archive Film Series, produces a CD series of original motion picture soundtrack, and appears on DVD documentaries dealing with classic films. For over 30 years, Dr. D'Arc has lectured internationally on motion picture history and has taught film courses at BYU. He lives in Orem, Utah.

Utah: A History (States & the Nation)

By Charles S. Peterson

W. W. Norton & Company
Paperback (244 pages)

Utah: A History (States & the Nation)
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A place apart, Utah began as an undefined land in the middle of the continent, a place that meant little to the few natives who lived there and even less to the fewer travelers who passed through.

 Utah is a land whose geographical isolation would forever mark its history. To the Mormons who took refuge there in the 1840s, distance from the outside world was its greatest attraction, and there in the desert of the Great Basin, the Saints set out to build up Zion and wait for the Lord.

Today, believes author Charles S. Peterson, Utahans have proved to be followers rather than leaders on most public issues, seeking the sure precedent and the safe path--a legacy of the Saints' old quest for security and respect in a  hostile world. 

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