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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: August 2009 ISBN: 9781455191819
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agustin | 1/18/2014

    " Very informative and makes you wonder just how diferent people were treated then and still are treated today. Sometimes confusing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 1/18/2014

    " Unbelievable. This was real. Reading it I had such empathy for Ishi the human, it was beyond the abstract cultural clash. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/12/2014

    " Great true story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/3/2014

    " Important, historical story of the US and Native Americans. Heartbreaker but also provides comfort thru Ishi's humanity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 12/14/2013

    " Only read the first half, mostly because of the writing style. It's hard to get through, as the audience is clearly anthropologists and not a high school student. If the writing style had been different, I probably would have finished it, as the topic is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 benebean | 12/4/2013

    " It's not that there's anything wrong with it... but I was expecting the whole book to be a biography of Ishi. The first half is just background history of native Americans in the California area. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramey Channell | 6/13/2013

    " Very detailed, informative, poignant, and heart-breaking account of a brilliant and admirable man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna Gorbatov | 5/6/2013

    " I read this book 3 times and each time I gained a new perspective on culture, both western and indigenous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 4/13/2013

    " hard to put down once started, unfortunate demise of a national treasure and a lost people, who survived living off the land "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alcina | 10/14/2012

    " Heartbreaking. Intimate. Brutal. Compassionate. I am starting to read more anthro by women and it is amazing how often rape and sexual issues are addressed in comparison to male anthro writers - so far as my foray's into these tropics... Definitely important for Norther Californians to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Keener | 9/27/2012

    " This is truly a must-read TRUE story about an Indian's grace, intelligence and wisdom. Moving beyond belief and written with the most heart-breaking compassion. Loved, loved this true story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 9/24/2012

    " From a historical perspective this is a valuable piece of writing. From a literary perspective this is chloroform in print. Very slow and difficult material to engage with. However, the history was enough to keep me going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 9/8/2012

    " Kroeber, who by the way, is Ursula K. LeGuin's mother wrote the book of her life here. Despite many forgivable flaws, it's one every Californian should read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/1/2012

    " I knew next to nothing about California Indians when I picked this up, so it was a pretty fantastic introduction. The narrative tends to reveal Kroeber's own cultural bias, but the story of Ishi is beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/20/2011

    " Read this book years ago when my son was studying Indians in his social studies class. I thought it was fascinating, but really sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie McGarrah | 9/14/2011

    " These 5 stars are for the spirits of Ishi and the Yana, not for the racist piece of crap Kroeber wrote for a "biography." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 3/14/2011

    " In the fourth grade, our teacher read this book to us, a little bit every day, it took almost the entire year, but it was a great(sad) story that will stay with me for a long time. . .! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agustin | 1/5/2011

    " Very informative and makes you wonder just how diferent people were treated then and still are treated today. Sometimes confusing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/4/2011

    " Kroeber, who by the way, is Ursula K. LeGuin's mother wrote the book of her life here. Despite many forgivable flaws, it's one every Californian should read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 10/27/2010

    " Only read the first half, mostly because of the writing style. It's hard to get through, as the audience is clearly anthropologists and not a high school student. If the writing style had been different, I probably would have finished it, as the topic is interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moira | 3/31/2010

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/11/2010

    " Read this book years ago when my son was studying Indians in his social studies class. I thought it was fascinating, but really sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna | 12/1/2009

    " I read this book 3 times and each time I gained a new perspective on culture, both western and indigenous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angeline | 9/24/2009

    " Definitely on my BEST books list! "

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About the Author

Theodora Kroeber (1897–1979), wife of Alfred Louis Kroeber, is also the author of The Inland Whale and coeditor of Ishi the Last Yahi: A Documentary History.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fifrteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.