Ishi in Three Centuries, Paperback / softback Book

Ishi in Three Centuries Paperback / softback

Edited by Karl Kroeber, Clifton Kroeber


Ishi in Three Centuries brings together a range of insightful and unsettling perspectives and the latest research to enrich and personalize our understanding of one of the most famous Native Americans of the modern era-Ishi, the last Yahi.

After decades of concealment from genocidal attacks on his people in California, Ishi (ca. 1860-1916) came out of hiding in 1911 and lived the last five years of his life in the University of California Anthropological Museum in San Francisco.

Contributors to this volume illuminate Ishi the person, his relationship to anthropologist A.

L. Kroeber and others, his Yahi world, and his enduring and evolving legacy for the twenty-first century.

Ishi in Three Centuries features recent analytic translations of Ishi's stories, new information on his language, craft skills, and his personal life in San Francisco, with reminiscences of those who knew him and A.

L. Kroeber. Multiple sides of the repatriation controversy are showcased and given equal weight.

Especially valuable are discussions by Native American writers and artists, including Gerald Vizenor, Louis Owens, and Frank Tuttle, of how Ishi continues to inspire the creative imagination of American Indians.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 440 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9780803222502



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