Sarah Winnemucca was one of the ablest and most energetic advocates for Native American rights during the decade of the 1880s, a period replete with crises involving her tribe. The daughter of a prominent Northern Paiute chief, she learned English as a child and used her verbal skills to mediate diplomatic exchanges between Paiute leaders and government officials. Concerned about the mistreatment of Native peoples throughout the West, she delivered more than three hundred public lectures during an 1883 speaking tour in the East. That same year she also authored Life among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims, a book that chronicled the abuses sustained by her tribe from corrupt government agents. Winnemucca used the resulting proceeds to found a school for Paiute children near Lovelock, Nevada. This photograph was created in Baltimore during a stop on her 1883 tour.


  • Title: Sarah Winnemucca
  • Creator: Norval H. Busey
  • Date Created: 1883
  • Physical Dimensions: h17.6 x w10.1 cm (Image)
  • Type: Albumen silver print
  • Rights: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
  • External Link: https://npg.si.edu/object/npg_NPG.82.137
  • Classification: Photograph

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