Children's LiteratureThis title is an interesting biography of Sarah Winnemucca, a Paiute American Indian woman who became a spokesperson for her people in the middle 1800s. Winnemucca was born in about 1844 in western Nevada during a time when white people were moving west to live on land that Indians considered their own. When she was seven years old, she moved to California with her family. For a time, Winnemucca lived a peaceful life, but then ranchers tried to assault her older sister. Winnemucca's family decided to move back to Nevada hoping for a peaceful life, but their territory had been invaded by more and more white settlers. Winnemucca's father took her and other relatives to Virginia City to seek help. He went onstage to ask people for their help in understanding how Indians live and how they were being pushed off their land by thoughtless settlers. Winnemucca translated her father's words into English. From that time on, she became a spokesperson and activist for Indian rights. This was a difficult job for her because she felt she was living in two different worlds. She worked as an interpreter, scout, and teacher. She was also twice married to white men. In spite of her unhappy personal life, Winnemucca continued her fight to gain justice for her people. She began a tour of the East Coast and gave more than 300 lectures. She also started an Indian school in Nevada. In 2005, a statue of Sarah Winnemucca was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Nice color and black-and-white photographs, along with interesting sidebars and back cover material, are included. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 10 up.
Della A. Yannuzzi