Kanosh Photo


Born: 1821

Death: Dec 24, 1884

Nationality: United States


Date of Birth : 1821
Date of Death : Dec 24, 1884

Kanosh was a nineteenth-century leader of the Pahvant band of the Ute Indians, having succeeded to the more belligerent Chuick as principal chief. His band had "a major camp at Corn Creek." He is remembered for having been "friendly toward early Mormon Pioneer settlers." It is believed Kanosh was born in Spanish Fork Canyon, but this is not certain. Kanosh spoke Spanish, and "learned to speak good English for an Indian. William Black, one of the pioneers of the Sevier and San Pete Valleys, was a lifelong friend of this chief." Kanosh invited the Mormons to come and settle in his area where they founded the town of Kanosh. He "represented the Pahvant Utes at the signing of the treaty with Brigham Young which signalled the end of the Walker War in 1854," and was among the Utes who took up farming. Kanosh joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was baptized in 1858. In 1874 Kanosh was ordained an elder by Dimick B. Huntington. He was one of the very earliest Native Americans to receive the endowment. Kanosh met with Brigham Young on September 1, 1857 to discuss strategy in relation to the Utah War.

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