George Wright, Washington, Felix Pennel discussed on Tom and Curley


The top and really show John is away today and I will be back tomorrow are not guess on Monday on Labor Day and Felix Pennel is filling in. So Felix was a couple of years ago. I read this great book all the bitter waters of Medicine Creek, a tragic clash between white native Americans. Are you aware of it? Yes, it's uh, it's about this horrific chapter in the history of the Washington territory where you have this tribal chief, less shy of the two squalling nation battling With somebody who is eventually going to become governor of the Washington territories. Maybe even Washington state. I'm not sure Isaac Stevens Hey, was governor then use governor at Indian Agent at the same time, he was doing two jobs at once. And and it just it just brings to mind. I mean, I've spent almost all my life except for a couple of years in Seattle in this region, and it just was astonishing to me. How little I know. And maybe in general, we know about our own history. Visa VI, the Native American. Population, and now you have an interesting run. Ah, story about monuments. That kind of commemorate some of the I don't know if they're questionable, but some of the historic moments in our history with the native Americans. Yeah, I do a lot of driving around pulling off the road and looking at objects to draw my attention. And I did that Not too long ago over near Spokane, and there's a cluster of monuments western Spokane. To the Indian war of 18 58. And that was essentially the last armed conflict of any really import between the U. S. Army and Native Americans here in what's now Washington state, and it took place over a period of about a week or so in early September. You know almost exactly what 162 years ago from doing the math, right? And What it commemorates is the sort of the wiping out of multiple native Americans by this particular American general named George, right. The monuments are sitting there. There's no additional interpretation. There's no new sign in just these old monuments it from the thirties and forties, and you really have to. You have to go online to look up information. I have to go into the old going to these old dusty books. But George Wright is a pretty controversial figure. Now he was a hero at the time for sort of bringing the Native Americans to their knees. Essentially because after these battles, they essentially sued for peace, and he agreed to it, but he had really strict conditions. And we have this little audio of Ah historical reenactment of George Wright. I think seeing what the what his response was to the Indians asking for peace. I have met you in too bloody battles. And you have been badly whipped..

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