Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America

Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America

by Douglas Sackman
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

When Ishi, "the last wild Indian," came out of hiding in August 1911, he was quickly whisked away by train to San Francisco to meet Alfred Kroeber, one of the fathers of American anthropology. When Kroeber and Ishi came face to face, it was a momentous event, not only for each man but also for the cultures they represented. Each stood on the brink--one was in danger… See more details below

Overview

When Ishi, "the last wild Indian," came out of hiding in August 1911, he was quickly whisked away by train to San Francisco to meet Alfred Kroeber, one of the fathers of American anthropology. When Kroeber and Ishi came face to face, it was a momentous event, not only for each man but also for the cultures they represented. Each stood on the brink--one was in danger of losing something vital while the other was in danger of disappearing altogether.

Ishi was a survivor, and he viewed the bright lights of the big city with a mixture of awe and bemusement. What surprised everyone is how handily he adapted himself to the modern city while maintaining his sense of self and his culture. Kroeber was professionally trained to document Ishi's culture and his civilization. What he didn't count on was how deeply working with the man would lead him to question his own profession and his civilization--how it would rekindle a wildness of his own. Although Ishi's story has been told before in film and fiction, Wild Men is the first book to focus on the depth of Ishi and Kroeber's friendship. Exploring what their intertwined stories tell us about Indian survival in modern America and about America's fascination with the wild, this text is an ideal supplement for courses on Native American history, the U.S. West, and the history of California.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Nuanced and thought-provoking...Recommended for readers interested in Native American studies and particularly the fate of Ishi." --Library Journal

"You would think the subject matter of Ishi has been thoroughly raked over by now, but Douglas Cazaux Sackman ... has found two new seams that promise a payoff. [Wild Men] gives us new ways of thinking about the Ishi phenomenon."--History New Network

"This is a splendid narrative-touching, stark, and humane. Wild Men illuminates the lives and the worlds of these two remarkable men from the inside out."--Brian DeLay, University of Colorado, Boulder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199745876
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/19/2010
Series:
New Narratives in American History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
445,164
File size:
5 MB

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >