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Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America
     

Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America

by Theodora Kroeber
 

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Ishi was literally a Stone Age man, the last of a "lost" tribe, when in 1911 he stumbled into 20th century California. In the following five years thousands of visitors watched him chip arrowheads, shape bows and make fire in the halls of the museum where he made his home.

This book is like an archaeologist's reconstruction of a bead necklace from which some pieces

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Ishi was literally a Stone Age man, the last of a "lost" tribe, when in 1911 he stumbled into 20th century California. In the following five years thousands of visitors watched him chip arrowheads, shape bows and make fire in the halls of the museum where he made his home.

This book is like an archaeologist's reconstruction of a bead necklace from which some pieces are scattered. Theodora Kroeber puts together two necklaces: first, the story of a tribe that survived undisturbed for hundreds of years. The second necklace is the story of Ishi's adjustment to the trolley-world of San Francisco--proof, as the author says, that Stone Age man and modern man are essentially alike.

"The warmth and understanding with which Ishi's story is told gives this book its special quality. It can be called one of the great American stories." --Lewis Gannett

Editorial Reviews

American Anthropologist
A most remarkable biography . . . . It is also a real source book of central California ethnology and a detailed record of this example of acculturation which is in most respects without equal in today's anthropological literature.
New York Times
A book that all Americans should read.
Los Angeles Times
One of the most moving, tragic and ultimately triumphant human stories I have ever read.
New Yorker
[A] beautiful and compelling book . . . . Highly recommended.
San Francisco Chronicle
A highly original literary work and a great human story.
Washington Post
Ishi's story is one of the most remarkable in the annals of Indians on this continent, and Mrs. Kroeber tells it with an integrity and insight that raises it to the level of history which is also art.
Atlantic Monthly
Remarkably lively and interesting.
Chicago Tribune
Absolutely fascinating.
San Francisco Examiner
This magnificent biography of the lone survivor of the Yahi Indians shows man at his best.
Christian Science Monitor
A moving, poetic document.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520031524
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/28/1976
Edition description:
First Edition, Deluxe illustrated edition in large format
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 10.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Theodora Kroeber (1897-1979), wife of Alfred Louis Kroeber, is also the author of The Inland Whale (California). Karl Kroeber, son of Theodora Kroeber, is Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and coeditor, with Clifton Kroeber, of Ishi in Three Centuries (2003). Lewis Gannett was a critic for the New York Herald-Tribune.

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