Re: ISHI Last of his tribe

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Posted by Myrrh on February 09, 1998 at 18:07:22:

In Reply to: Re: ISHI Last of his tribe posted by Rich on February 06, 1998 at 17:35:30:

Rich wrote
: Ishi ... now THERE's a story. This is true stuff!!!
: Briefly, for those who don't know, Ishi was living in virtual hiding in the Cailfornia mountains at the turn of the century. He was, literally, the LAST of his tribe, the Yahi. Starving, he raided a meat locker on a nearby ranch, near Oroville in 1911. Discovered, he was befriended by Mr. Kroeber who learned much about the lifeways of these people directly from one who lived the old ways. Just the archery study alone is worth the reading of the former book. Both are excellent. The movie is good. See & read!

I read Ishi a long time ago, and the images conveyed in that book (both pics and narrative) really stuck with me. Sorry to give away the "ending" for those who haven't read it, but for me it was heartbreakingly sad, because after only, what? a few months? of being in "civilization" with the Kroebers, he became ill and died. Although it was nominally due to low resistance to diseases unknown to him (correct me if my memory is faulty, here, Rich), still I always thought his death was at least partly due to the rediculous stresses of "modern" life (and this was in the 40's wasn't it?? -- how much moreso nowadays!), and to the loss of everyone else who had been part of his culture, and therefore, extensions of him. Like losing part of your body.


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