Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern AmericaeBook - 2010
In late August of 1911, from deep within the shadows of a remote canyon in northern California, an Indian of the Yahi people, long-believed to have disappeared, suddenly showed himself. A fugitive, he had hidden for decades from the lethal gaze of white intruders, keeping fires small and wiping the earth clean of his footprints. The sheriff took him into custody, and, having no better place for him, put him in the cell reserved for those who were not quite right in the head-the insane. The man soon aroused local and then national curiosity, and was christened the Wild Man or Wild Indian. Alfred Kroeber, who would become one of the most famous anthropologists of his day, caught wind of the miraculous appearance of what he saw as a genuine Stone Age man uncontaminated by civilization. Sackman's book, the sixth in Davidson and Stoff's New Narratives series, explores the issues surrounding the appearance of Ishi and his relationship with Kroeber. The myth woven about Ishi was a simple but powerful one-and one made to order for the day.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 365 p.) : ill., maps