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Sarah Winnemucca - Paiute Princess



Sarah Winnemucca - Paiute Princess
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.39

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     challenging words:    although, distrust, government, hostile, interpret, tribe, traveled, protection, soldier, support, force, died, trust, during, which, somewhere
     content words:    Sarah Winnemucca, Northern Paiute, Chief Winnemucca, Pyramid Lake Reservation, Indian Affairs, Fort McDermitt, Bannock War


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Sarah Winnemucca - Paiute Princess
By Tammy Scarbrough
  

1     Although she did not even know when she was born, Sarah Winnemucca came into this world somewhere around 1844. She was given the name Thocmentony by her tribe, which means "shell flower." Most of the girls in her Northern Paiute tribe were named after flowers. The ones who had flower names would dance together during their celebrations.
 
2     When Thocmentony was six years old, she went to California with some white people at the suggestion of her grandfather. Although she really did not want to go, she did enjoy things like chairs and beds. She was not used to having this type of furniture. Several years later, when Sarah was thirteen, she went to live with a soldier and his family in Nevada. It was not long before Sarah had learned five languages. She knew three different Indian languages, and she learned English and Spanish.
 
3     Sarah's grandfather liked the white people, while her father, Chief Winnemucca, did not trust them. This was during a time when groups of white people would take over Indian land and force the Indians to live on reservations. In fact, many of the Northern Paiute were forced to live on the Pyramid Lake Reservation in Nevada, as well as reservations in Oregon and Washington.

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