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Oh, wonderful things my white brothers can do. I have taken it down to them, and it has asked for sacks of flour for us to eat. ’’ Finally Truckee stopped talking, and Sarah ran with her mother and the others to her father. 27 Once more, Truckee had succeeded in staying the hand of vengeance. The peace he worked so hard to maintain would hold for nearly a decade. But after the magic of his eloquent words faded and the travelers beheld a camp with blackened empty spaces left by the burned kahnees of the dead, many must have felt that the terrible visions of the shamans were coming true before their eyes.

Thocmetony responded enthusiastically to this idea but specified ‘‘a little, little sister; not like my sister Mary, for she won’t let me play 21 The San Joaquin with her. ’’ Thocmetony was about to offer her beads when Tuboitony’s new baby cried so loudly that it frightened her, and she, too, began to cry. Her mother comforted her in her arms, explaining that the clamorous crying came from her new baby sister. 3 Other early memories were less pleasant than Elma’s birth. Thocmetony’s burial in the sand must have been the worst, but other dreadful remembrances darkened her early years.

Tuboitony then secured the baby with crisscrossed thongs in a finer, ornamented basket, where she would remain until she grew too big. 2 Thocmetony’s parentage conferred some distinction upon her. Her mother was Truckee’s daughter, and her father, Winnemucca, who had three or four wives and whose name ‘‘the giver’’ suggests his generosity, appears to have been a man of substance. Moreover, he was a shaman with the gift of prophecy and was readily accepted as headman of the Kuyuidika-a in Truckee’s absence.

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