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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (503 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Theodora Kroeber Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The life story of Ishi, the last Yahi Indian, lone survivor of an exterminated tribe, is unique in the annals of North American anthropology. Ishi stumbled into the twentieth century on the morning of August 29, 1911, when, desperate with hunger and terrified of the white murderers of his family, he was found in the corral of a slaughterhouse near Oroville, California. Finally identified as a Yahi by an anthropologist, Ishi was brought to San Francisco by Professor T. T. Waterman and lived there the rest of his life under the care and protection of Alfred Kroeber and the staff of the University of California's Museum of Anthropology. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ishi’s story is one of the most remarkable in the annals of Indians on this continent, and Mrs. Kroeber…tells it with an integrity and insight that raises it to the level of history that is also art.”

    Washington Post

  • “One of the most moving, tragic, and ultimately triumphant human stories I have ever read…If you read no other book this year, you must read this one.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “This magnificent biography of the lone survivor of the Yahi Indians shows man at his best.”

    San Francisco Examiner

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff Shaner | 2/6/2014

    " sad but well written book mandatory for all califonians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Juliana | 2/2/2014

    " A fascinating and troubling look at early anthropology. Of interest to SFF fans who may not know this: Theodora Kroeber was Usula LeGuin's mother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jared Murphy | 1/31/2014

    " Classic and a must-read for anyone studying native peoples of California or North America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Moira | 1/24/2014

    " I love this book. An important part of California's human history, kindly told by the wife of the academic who befriended and helped Ishi. "

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