Nomination: Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca

Ray, Deborah Kogan. Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca. 2012. 48 p.  Schwartz and Wade Books,  Frances Foster Books, Farrar Straus Giroux, $17.99 . (978-0-374-39897-2). Gr. 2-5.

Born into the Northern Paiute tribe in Nevada, Thocmetony was a girl who ended up championing the world of her tribespeople while learning the ways of the new white settlers.  With an ear for language and a grandfather chief who promoted peace,  Thocmetony (or Sarah as she was later called by a Caucasian friend) became a fierce advocate for her people.  At first she and her grandfather tried to work collaboratively, but as the government became increasingly hostile, Sarah used her intellect, courage, and personality to protect and serve her people.  Although history remembers her as Princess Sarah from the shows she used to perform to raise interest and awareness of her people’s culture, her tribe remembers her as “Mother” for her fierce loyalty and protection.

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