Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (1844-1891)
"The moment I am about to leave I am greeted by the largest herd of wild horses I have ever seen (maybe sixty)! ...And, I'm writing this in lieu of taking pictures because my battery is dead. Figures. While I sit here watching these mustangs, I'm being attended by watchful eyes of both the horses and the people who live here. I hope both of them know I am only trying to represent their peaceful home up here in the best possible way ..." -- Journal Entry, August 2009
Original Date Visited: 8/28/09
The northern Paiute name Thocmetony (Shell-Flower) was bestowed on this valiant daughter of Chief Winnemucca and grandchild of the redoubtable Captain Truckee--a friend and supporter of General John C. Fremont. Sarah sought understanding between her people and whites when the latter trekked across and settled on Indian homelands. By lecturing, by writing a book (presumably the first in English by an Indian woman) and by founding a non-government school for Indian children, she worked tirelessly to remedy injustice and to advocate peace. Here at Fort McDermitt as interpreter and teacher she served well both Indians and the U.S. military. This exceptional Indian woman, a leader of her race, believed in the brotherhood of mankind.
Marker 143 on the edge of Nevada. The Beaver State of Oregon is only three air miles to the north.
Related Links & Markers:
Sarah Winnemucca (Biography) Sarah Winnemucca (Online Nevada Encyclopedia)
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