Ishi, The Last Survivor Of The Indian Yana Tribe Essay

1442 Words Nov 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Ishi in Two Worlds depicts the life story of Ishi, the last survivor of the Indian Yana tribe, who emerged starving in the northern California town of Oroville in 1911 after being captured. Written by Theodora Kroeber—UC Berkeley graduate, writer, anthropologist, and wife of Alfred Kroeber (leading anthropologist during the time, and one of Ishi’s close friend) – the book delivers a humane study, and the valid, realistic past history which in turn explains the treatment of Ishi’s people. Among some of Theodora Kroeber’s works are her first book, The Inland Whale (1959), a collection of California Indian myths, and Alfred Kroeber, a Personal Configuration, which, for anthropologists, remains an astonishing accomplishment (Mandelbaum 238). Ishi in Two Worlds stands as the “most widely read book on American Indian subject and one of the most generally known books on the basis of anthropological observations” (Mandelbaum 237). The piece marks Ishi’s completed trip out of Stone Age into the Iron Age. Ishi in Two Worlds is made up of ten chapters following a chronological order. The book overall is divided into two sections-- Part One: Ishi the Yahi, and Part Two: Mister Ishi. In Part One, Kroeber paints the realistic picture of the lives of Indians during the time when white men began to predominate the lands, specifically the times during the Gold Rush (1848- 1855). Kroeber goes in- depth delivering Yana history, customs, geography and languages during this section. For…

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