In 1938, at the height of the Great Depression, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints put out a request to deer hunters in the western U.S. to save their deer hides and donate them to church members living at Washakie, in northern Utah. These Mormons were members of the Northwestern Band of Shoshone, a band that had converted to the Latter-day Saint faith en masse in the 1870s under the leadership of the warrior leader Washakie.
Read this fascinating historical account by writer Ardis Parshall at the Keepapitchinin web log.
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And, to find out more about Washakie – who went on to become one of the most respected leaders in Native American history – check out this article about him at Wikipedia.