OGDEN – For many, walking through the Stone Family Pioneer Farm and Camp Shoshone was their first time in Weber County’s oldest neighborhood – or, at least, the first time they’ve visited Weber County’s oldest neighborhood. knew. The Weber County Heritage Foundation and Northwest Shoshone Nation hosted a field event on Saturday to showcase the history of the area and the Shoshone people.
“The history of the region was a team effort; the pioneers were good for the Shoshone and the Shoshone were good for the pioneers, ”said the chief of the Shoshone tribe, Darren Parry.
The event was another step in Ogden City’s continued work to recognize and commemorate the history of the Shoshone. In recent months, a memorial to Chief Shoshone Terikee, who was killed in 1850, has been renovated in Harrisville and Ogden City Council has voted to rename part of 2nd Street “Chief Little Solider Way”. These projects featured Parry and Katie Nelson, executive director of the Weber County Heritage Foundation, and led to the rally on Saturday.
Over the past week, comparing the records and stories between the foundation and the tribe, it was discovered that Chief Little Soldier is buried in the Ogden town cemetery in an unmarked grave. Rios Pacheco, a Shoshone elder and cultural keeper of history and language, appreciated the opportunity to share Little Soldier’s story – despite minimal written material.
He added that they use the archives and journals that people in the area can have by detailing their ancestors’ experiences with the Shoshone. Pacheco was one of the first people to address the crowd, kicking off the event with a blessing to the land and the people in it.
A couple in attendance told Nelson they came to the event after seeing the sign for Chef Little Solider Way, researching his name and seeing the event posted online. Parry added that this was one of the reasons he and others pushed to rename the street in his honor.
Stone Farm is also the site of Bingham Fort where, historically, settlers and the Shoshone have mingled, according to Nelson. She said the fort had no gates, allowing the Shoshone to interact with the pioneers in mutually beneficial and supportive ways. Two such anecdotes told at Saturday’s event detailed a tribal leader teaching pioneers how to use beaver oil to save the life of a woman in labor and the fort’s offering as refuge for the tribe during a particularly harsh winter.
The ultimate goal of the day was to bring the country’s history to current consciousness. As they walked through the property, people were introduced to the Shoshone culture.
They were able to examine artifacts and handmade artifacts of cultural significance, participate in a food-making demonstration like the Shoshone once did, and learn about the centuries of history beneath their feet. Children were also able to make cattail toys and take a tractor ride along the lands preserved by Anna Keogh. Keogh owns the land, turned it into a conservation easement, and led the effort to rename the 2nd Street part.
People read stories to the crowds, danced and played music before the night was over with the attendees tied together, hand in hand, while Bird Osborne drummed for the crowd.
Nelson’s best scenario for the day was for people to go home with information and a positive experience.
“We just want people to keep telling the story. We want people to drive and see it’s Chef Little Solider Way now, ”she said. “They will know who Little Soldier is and they will tell others. I guess we’re aiming for storytelling spillovers.
The crowd was larger than everyone involved expected to turn out. Parry watched the hundreds of people marching across the country, interested in the history of the Shoshone people, and was optimistic about the future.
“It gives me hope for the future. If you turn on the TV today, we seem more divided than ever. But I think if we have to turn off the television and go to our local communities and see some of the work that is being done by, just, good local people who want to make a difference, then things can happen, and that has been a success. so cool participation, ”Parry said. “It exceeded my expectations for sure.”
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