Native American Sarah Winnemucca Narrative Essay by Nicky

Native American Sarah Winnemucca
Narrates an imaginary trip to Nevada in the 1880s to meet Sarah Winnemucca, a historically prominent Native American woman.
# 148046 | 965 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper explains that Sarah Winnemucca, a member of the Northern Paiute tribe, born in 1844 in western Nevada, the daughter of Chief Winnemucca and granddaughter of Chief Truckee, was one of only two Paiutes in Nevada who could read, write and speak English and thus was the bridge between Native Americans and the settlers. Next, the author describes meeting Sarah Winnemucca, dressed in her traditional garb, and speaking with her about the plight of the Paiute people. The paper relates Sarah Winnemucca's influence on Native American culture in Nevada , especially her school for Paiute children, and the problems she faced with ethno-centric people such as Governor Jewett Adams.

From the Paper:

"For several days, I toured the state's many burgeoning silver mines, lead mines, and frontier towns as well as the Nevada-Oregon railroad that had recently been built with a hub in Reno. The frontier land was wild and dotted with numerous white-capped mountains. The governor Jewett Adams had been a farmer and rancher in the region, even before Nevada became a state. Adams met me in Reno when he heard of my interest in touring his state. Adams admitted that lawlessness had been a problem in his state and that their sheriffs had a lot of work cut out for them."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Library of Congress. "Today in History: October 14." Retrieved April 24, 2009 from
  • "Nevada History at a Glance." Retrieved April 24, 2009 from
  • "Sarah Winnemucca." Nevada Women's History Project. Retrieved April 24, 2009 from
  • "Women of the Hall." Retrieved April 24, 2009 from
  • Zanjani, Sally. Sarah Winnemucca. University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

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