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History of Chief Kanosh, Utah
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Text taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia. (Links Added)
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Kanosh (1812?-1884) was the leader of the Pahvant Utes from the 1850s until the time of his death. According to Mormon records he was the son of Kashe Bats and Wah Goots. The Pahvant band ranged the deserts surrounding Sevier Lake. With the intrusion of whites into this area, Kanosh struggled to insure the hegemony and survival of his people through negotiation rather than conflict. It was a strategy which proved as futile as the other, however.

Kanosh's efforts at conciliation were early manifest in his turning over to military authorities six Pahvants supposedly involved in the killing of U.S. surveyor Captain John Gunnison and other members of his survey party in 1853. These six were probably only peripherally involved and were surrendered merely to satisfy federal investigators. The Mormon jurors at the trial in Nephi City found three guilty of manslaughter and acquitted the others. Federal officials were convinced that Mormon officials had staged the trial to mollify non-Mormon opinion and to protect Kanosh's favored Indian group.


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