Sarah Winnemucca

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U of Nebraska Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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This book is the triumphant and moving story of Sarah Winnemucca (1844?91), one of the most influential and charismatic Native women in American history. Born into a legendary family of Paiute leaders in western Nevada, Sarah dedicated much of her life to working for her people. She played an instrumental and controversial role as interpreter and messenger for the U.S. Army during the Bannock War of 1878 and traveled to Washington in 1880 to obtain the release of her people from confinement on the Yakama Reservation. She toured the East Coast in the 1880s, tirelessly giving speeches about the plight of her people and heavily criticizing the reservation system. In 1883 she produced her autobiography?the first written by a Native woman?and founded a Native school whose educational practices were far ahead of its time. Sally Zanjani also reveals Sarah?s notorious sharp tongue and wit, her love of performance, her string of failed relationships, and at the end, possible poisoning by a romantic rival.
  

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Here, the prolific Zanjani (A Mine of Her Own) chronicles the life and times of one of the most significant Native American women of the 19th century. Sarah Winnemucca (1844-91) was the daughter ... Read full review

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Contents

The World of the Paiutes Many years ago when my people were happier than they are now
5
The San Joaquin Rag friend
20
Genoa Our dear good friend Major Ormsby
42
The Pine Nut Mountains I felt the world growing cold
55
Winnemucca Lake It is a fearful thing to tell but it must be told
68
Camp McDermit Can you wonder that I like to have my people taken care of by the army?
90
Winnemucca I would willingly throw off the garments of civilization and mount my pony
114
Malheur Reservation I cannot tell or express how happy we were
128
Washington DC This which I hold in my hand is our only hope
202
Fort Vancouver For shame For shame You dare to cry out liberty when you hold us in places against our will
219
Boston I pray of you I implore of you I beseech of you hear our pitiful cry to you sweep away the agency system
236
Lovelock Education has done it all
255
Henrys Lake Let my name die out and be forgotten
284
Sarah Today
299
Notes
307
Bibliography
347

The Bannock War Begins I only an Indian woman went and saved my father and his people
146
The Bannock War I had a vision and I was screaming in my sleep
169
Yakama Reservation I am crying out to you for justice
189

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About the author (2004)

Sally Zanjani is on the faculty of the political science department at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the author of A Mine of Her Own: Women Prospectors in the American West, 1850?1950 (Nebraska 1997) and other works.

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