Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca
Born into the Northern Paiute tribe of Nevada in 1844, Sarah Winnemucca straddled two cultures: the traditional life of her people, and the modern ways of her grandfather's white friends. Sarah was smart and good at languages, so she was able to link the worlds. As she became older, this made her a great leader.Sarah used condemning letters,fiery speeches, and her autobio
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I am not sure how to rate this book, because it made me feel many, many emotions, mostly sadness and despair. Once again, I wonder how I would have handled the cruel fate handed out to Sarah Winnemucca and her people. They were stolen from, lied to, and left without the resources to provide for themselves after their land was taken away, often after the murder of women, children, and the elderly. This chapter in the story of this nation makes me angry and upset because I know that we are ...more
I love how source material is used within the story, including passages from Sarah Winnemucca’s autobiography and other quotes by her. The extra information given in the last few pages greatly enhances the poetic, illustrated narrative.
The account is heartbreaking. It’s also inspirational and completely engrossing. I can’t imagine anyone reading this and not being deeply ...more
“I was a very small child when the first white people came into our country. They came like a lion, like a roaring lion…. And I have never forgotten their first coming. My people were scattered at that time over nearly all the territory now known as Nevada. My grandfather was chief of the entire Piute Nation.”
Sarah Winnemucca’s grandfather welcomed the white people because “according to legend, they were the banished children of the tribe.” He made promises to keep ...more
Things I liked about this book:
-It didn't sugar coat white cruelty and discrimination towards American Indians
-It actually addressed the existence of Indian boarding schools (briefly) and how damaging they were to American Indian culture in the US and Canada.
In 1859, when Sarah Winnemucca was fifteen -- a decade after the California Gold Rush began -- silver was discovered in Nevada:
“They came like a lion, yes, like a roaring lion.
“Within weeks, thousands arrived from the nearby California goldfields and from distant places. The boomtown of Virginia City sprang up. In their quest for sudden wealth, miners ...more
No picture book can do justice to such a person, such a time, and such atrocities. However, better to have a glimpse than no understanding at all.