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

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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 los ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published December 10th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2009)
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Benjamin
Jan 24, 2010 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
To those who have read and loved Theodora Kroeber's Ishi: the last Yahi, Wild Men furthers that topic by interweaving additional information about Ishi, his time in Northern California, his impact on contemporaries of the era, and his relationship with Alfred Kroeber, Theodora's husband.

It also discusses how there is a desire for wildness, a wildness that Ishi represented to 20th century Americans.

I also learned that 'Ishi' was not his birth name but one given to him by Alfred Kroeber. It means
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Jack
Oct 06, 2012 Jack rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indian
One of the best books that I've read. It must have been a very hard write as the story is wrought with the sadness of losing: ones family, ones race, ones home, ones understanding of life, ones understanding of the world, and in the beginning of the book realizing a complete loss of their world.

Picture that you lived in a forest and every man, plant and animal was destroyed except you. Someone unfamiliar picks you up and tries to find what you are all about while integrating you back into your
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Asails F
Excellent and overly sad story about the very end of a culture...

If you have not read this you will most likely remain ignorant of the worlds greatest loss. If you do read this and don't get it then that is also a loss to the world....
Cathy Douglas
Apr 03, 2015 Cathy Douglas rated it it was ok
When I grew up in California I read both of Theodora Kroeber's Ishi books, both for school and for pleasure. This book retells Ishi's story, juxtaposed with Alfred Kroeber's personal history and details of the contextual history of the era.

This is a neat idea, but I wasn't impressed by the execution. Certain very important details are glossed over -- for example, Ishi's choice to come out of the wilderness and throw himself at the mercy of a white civilization which had always been antagonistic
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Pat
Oct 08, 2016 Pat rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
My husband read this and recommended it. A balanced, though sad, look at Ishi and Kroebler.
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