This thesis explores the life and death of Albert Hamblin, the adopted White Knife Shoshone son of Mormon missionary Jacob Hamblin. It seeks to understand Albert Hamblin's navigation of his own complex identity as both of Shoshone descent and Mormon faith. To begin, the thesis outlines important background information about the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, most notably, their beliefs surrounding the "Lamanites" and claims of land in North America. Through the use of primary sources consisting of Jacob Hamblin's journal and autobiography, Jacob's plural wife Priscilla's autobiography, and Brevet Major Carleton's Report on the Mountain Meadows Massacre, this thesis seeks to reconstruct Albert's life. This analysis is also aided by Cuch's A History of Utah's American Indians for its use of Utah's tribal oral history, specifically of the Shoshone. Through these sources, this thesis seeks to understand Albert's exchange, Albert's early life with Jacob's family, and Albert's own testimonial in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, in order to ascertain how Albert saw himself and his place in his world.
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