Friday, July 31, 2020

Native American Tribes - "The Flatheads" of Montana

I've always loved western romance stories, especially if they involve the Native American tribes that once roamed wild and free on the plains. I hope we never forget that they were here first and they cherished every part of Mother Nature. My interest in Native Americans led me down a path of researching many tribes. Today I'm featuring The Flatheads who once lived in a large section of Montana.

The Salish Tribe, also referred to as the Flathead, were a large and powerful division of the Salishan family, to which they gave their name. They inhabited much of western Montana centered around the Flathead Lake and valley. They were called the Flathead Indians by Lewis and Clark, when they came upon them in 1806. Though the name is often said to derive from the flat skull produced by binding infant’s skulls with boards, this is a myth. The tribe never practiced head flattening, but instead, were called “flat head” because the tops of their heads were not pointed like those of neighboring tribes who practiced vertical head-binding. The Flathead called themselves Séliš (pronounced SEH-lish) which was anglicized as Salish, meaning “the people.”
The fur trade began in earnest in the area in the early 1800s, after the Lewis and Clark expedition. Trappers eliminated countless animals, profoundly changing the tribe’s way of life. Between 1815 and 1820, the Iroquois came to the territory bringing word of the powerful “Blackrobes,” the Jesuit missionaries who had ministered to them since the 1600s. Earlier, a Salish prophet, Shining Shirt, had a vision of men in long black robes coming to the Salish people to offer different medicines and prayers. The Salish saw the Iroquois stories as a sign and invited the Jesuits to Western Montana. Unbeknownst to them, the Jesuits were on a mission to assimilate tribe through religious conversion. In the next years, the Salish would be forced to abandon much of their culture and spiritual practices. However, Jesuit missionary Pierre Jean De Smet, who in 1841 founded the mission of St. Mary in the Bitterroot valley among the Salish, did persuade the Blackfoot to make peace.

The Salish, along with the Pend d’Oreille and the Kootenai tribes, by the Treaty of Hell Gate on July 16, 1855, ceded to the United States their lands in Montana and Idaho. However, most Salish Indians avoided moving to the reservation until about 1872.

In keeping with my love and adoration of Native Americans, I'm featuring CHASING THE DEAD today, a western romance set in New Mexico.

About Chasing the Dead
“An awesome western romance and action-packed thriller! Hero will make you swoon with his bravery.” 5-Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

~1884, New Mexico~

Madrid Arrende has been kidnapped by the Apache. Determined to rescue his daughter, her wealthy father realizes there is only one man capable of bringing her back alive...Deacon Bannister. Deacon doesn't give one whit about the large sum of money Don Erasmos Arrende has offered him to rescue her. Deacon only cares about bringing the woman he left standing at the altar a year ago home.

A ghost is terrorizing the Apache village and the young maiden, Sacheen, has been banished by her People for unleashing Uday's wrath. Now, Deacon, Madrid and Sacheen must flee for their lives across the rugged New Mexico landscape with the evil spirit in hot pursuit.

Will they make it back alive to Madrid's father's hacienda or will Deacon lose the woman he loves forever?
Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all Happy Reads during this awful Corona virus lock down. 

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