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Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs And Claims
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Sarah Winnemucca's autobiography enables the reader to examine how the US reservation system, assimilation policy and the BIA failed to provide adequately for the Paiute people. The author provides the reader with an opportunity to experience the feelings of hope and despair of the Paiute people during the late 1870s and 1880s. Her examples of the corruption by white settlers and Indian agents provides reasonable and believable evidence of what life was like for Sarah Winnemucca and her Paiute family.
Sarah Winnemucca's memories are bitter-sweet. She relates her actions to help not only her own people but the US army during the Indian wars of that era, including the Bannock War. Marrying US Army soldier Lewis Hopkins in the early 1880s, her story also includes events during their marriage. An advocat for her people, Sarah traveled to Washington, D. C. to speak with the President, and she traveled coast-to-coast publicly speaking about the plight of her people as well as her life as a young Paiute woman. Her daring escapades as an Army scout and participant in several Indian wars further illustrate her strength as a Native woman.
This book, written in Sarah Winnemucca's voice, is both a powerful and moving example of the active role some women played in the history of the west. I found her memories to reflect a side of history often overlooked by other authors, and I highly recommend her work.
Life among the Piutes is exactly what anyone would expect given the history and culture. Part of what makes it such a good read is the initial expectation of readers from non-native or non-natively educated backgrounds. It provides a comfortable transition from stereotypical expectations to the deep truths, injustices, and cultures of American Indians. It's an easy read that tells the dark tale of one of many oppressed Native tribes and provokes a quest for knowledge thereafter; a vital tool for any person dealing with preconceived notions concerning an entire race of people with a thirst for truth.
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Mrs Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins was and is an inspiration to me, considering what she, and with utmost respect, almost anyone who has suffered greatly, endured, and persevered her... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Nelson
A very realistic account of the life of the Piutes. It was a little difficult to read because of all the atrocities done to these beautiful people. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kathryn Kellman
A must read for any serious westerner historian. Sarah's own voice comes through in the text and so does her thought process. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ivan K Farnworth
As advertised. Got here before I needed it for class. 10/10Published 11 months ago by Marisa Cardin
This book provides a great history of what the American Indians endured. The Agents assigned to help them were corrupt, treating the Indians worse than any other injustice endured... Read morePublished 22 months ago by NPD