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Ishi in Two Worlds by Theodora Kroeber
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Apr 26, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in January, 2003

In 1911, the last of the Yana Indians in Northern California stumbled out of the wilderness into Oroville, CA. Although his life had been inextricably altered by living in proximity to civilization, Ishi was truly living a traditional hunter-gatherer life during the early 1900s. A fascinating and heartbreaking tale of massive misunderstanding of cultures as well as one man’s ability to survive and adapt to more change than one might think the human psyche could possibly endure. Having in his lifetime seen the decimation and eventual destruction of his tribe, Ishi then spent the last four years of his life working with Dr. Alfred Kroeber and living in the Museum of Anthropology in San Francisco. This one really is a heart-breaker.

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