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Sarah Winnemucca

Zanjani, Sally

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ISBN 10: 0803299214 / ISBN 13: 9780803299214
Published by Bison Books, Lincoln, NE, USA., 2004
Condition: Collectible Soft cover
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Title: Sarah Winnemucca

Publisher: Bison Books, Lincoln, NE, USA.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Collectible

Signed: Signed by Author

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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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Winner of the 2001 Westerners International's Co-Founders Best Book Award

Winner of the 2001 Evans Biography Award

"Sally Zanjani has generated an epic portrayal."—Bloomsbury Review. "Well-written and smartly organized. . . . A useful addition to the literature, one that nicely joins biography to a larger piece of nineteenth-century Indian history."—Western Historical Quarterly. "A thoroughly documented biography of a brilliant individual."—Choice. "Essential reading for anyone interested in this fascinating figure."—Journal of American History.

"Zanjani's excellent history of this remarkable woman is recommended for all public and academic libraries."Library Journal.

"...She paves the way for a new interpretation of Sarah Winnemucca-one informed by the ways she is understood by Paiute people themselves."--Women’s Review of Books

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.

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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