Ishi in Two Worlds. A Biography of the last Wild Indian in by Theodora Kroeber

By Theodora Kroeber

The existence tale of Ishi, the Yahi Indian, lone survivor of a doomed tribe, is exclusive within the annals of North American anthropology. For greater than 40 years, Theodora Kroeber's biography has been sharing this tragic and soaking up drama with readers around the world.

Ishi stumbled into the 20th century at the morning of August 29, 1911, whilst, determined with starvation and with terror of the white murderers of his kinfolk, he used to be present in the corral of a slaughter residence close to Oroville, California. eventually pointed out as an Indian through an anthropologist, Ishi used to be dropped at San Francisco via Professor T. T. Waterman and lived there the remainder of his existence below the care and security of Alfred Kroeber and the workers of the college of California's Museum of Anthropology.
Theodora Kroeber (1897–1979), spouse of Alfred Louis Kroeber, is additionally the writer of The Inland Whale (California). Karl Kroeber, son of Theodora Kroeber, is Mellon Professor within the Humanities at Columbia college and coeditor, with Clifton Kroeber, of Ishi in 3 Centuries (2003). Lewis Gannett was once a critic for the recent York Herald-Tribune.

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N hi~ way to Dry Creek to shoot birds. My pup was following his dog and 1 worried myself much to get her along; so ~lad was she to meet one of her own specie 1 had to make signs to the indian to drive her back- beat h;r with his bow: -which he W~le he was going off, I turned round, thought of eatmg- him; he was then about thirty or forty pa~es; but I could not shoot the poor wretch in the back: besides, he had done me a favor. So I proceeded. - the one l trailed and wanted to eat~ 1 dare say. ' small

Typical of many then and later is the first episode whose Indian victim was probably but not surely a Yana. A Mr. Pentz, who appears prominently among the organizers of expeditions against the Yana in succeeding years, was one day early in 1851 somewhere along Concow Creek. There he met on the trail an Indian whose attitude became "threatening and belligerent," as Waterman got the story, and who was summarily killed by hanging. (Presumably Mr. ) In 1853 occurred one of the first of the mass murders of Yahi, this one under Pentz's leadership.

The Maidu were surely innocent. Whatever mischief was done there by Indians must have been the work of Yahi. They stole stock in considerable numbers, and when any of the stolen animals were recovered, as happened when horses could not be made to swim a stream or when carcasses had to be abandoned because the trail was "hot," the animals bore scars from having been shot with bow and arrow, sure evidence that the "hunters" had been Yahi. But it was the murder of two women, Mrs. Dirsch and Mrs. Allen in August, 1864, somewhere in the vicinity of Millville and Balls Ferry, which triggered the unwontedly concentrated and bloody activity of Anderson's and Good's men among the Yana.

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