Oregon Authors: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins

cover shows photographs of author Sarah Winnemucca and men from the Piute tribe posing with blankets and guns
by Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins
Copyright © 1883

Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims

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About This Book

Sarah Winnemucca's account of life of her Piute people is both facscinating and sad. Her father sent her to a boarding school where she learned to read, write, and speak English as a teenager. She later put these skills to work as an interpreter for her people. Sarah was a consistent voice for the decent treatment for her people and for a peaceful resolution to conflicts, but the tragic history of the period proves that honorable treatment was the exception rather than the rule. Her account of the interactions of Native Americans and whites stands as a sobering reminder.