Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims

Written in 1883 by Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, born around 1844 in Nevada, the granddaughter of the Chief of the Piutes tribe, Life Among the Piutes chronicles not just her life among the tribe, but her first memories of seeing what her grandfather called “our White Brothers”, emigrants coming across the land they lived upon, followed by settlers, and relates attempts at peaceful coexistence, and the struggles the the Piutes faced as they came to understand not all of their White Brothers wanted to undo the troubles of the past, and forge the happiest of futures.

Written with eloquence and passion, this book takes the reader back in time, to a place that no longer exists, and gives the reader a chance to glimpse first contact between two vastly different peoples, through a child’s eyes.

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Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (c. 1844 – 1891) was a Northern Paiute author, activist and educator.
Winnemucca published Life Among the Paiutes: Their Wrongs and Claims (1883), a book that is both a memoir and history of her people during their first 40 years of contact with European Americans.

It is considered the “first known autobiography written by a Native American woman.”

Anthropologist Omer Stewart described it as “one of the first and one of the most enduring ethnohistorical books written by an American Indian,” frequently cited by scholars.

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