Ishi's Brain: In Search of the Last Wild Indian

Ishi's Brain: In Search of the Last Wild Indian

by Orin Starn

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A chronicle of the search for the truth about the life and death of a legendary Native American.

Captured in the hills of northern California in 1911, Ishi, the last stone-age Indian in North America, was brought to San Francisco by the famous anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, and became a living museum display until his death five years later.

Ishi's Brain is a first-person account by anthropologist Orin Starn, who sought to unravel the mystery of Ishi's true nature and to locate his brain in the archives of the Smithsonian museum in the hope of finally repatriating Ishi's remains. The trail to Ishi's brain leads Starn through the painful history of the extermination of the Indians, the strange and sometimes scandalous history of anthropology, and the changing, mixed-up world of Native California today. This absorbing new portrait of Ishi, wild man of Deer Creek, museum curiosity, and last of his tribe, will appeal to anyone interested in Native America, a story of science and scandal, and the life and legend of California's most famous Indian. 15 illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393051339
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/19/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Orin Starn is a professor in Duke University’s cultural anthropology department and has written for many years about Peru.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Trails to Ishi11
1A "Compromise Between Science and Sentiment"23
2The Wild Man of Deer Creek32
3Ishi, Alfred, and Theodora49
4Ishi's Ancestors64
6The Destruction of the Yahi97
7Niche 601118
8"Dr. Kroeber's Pet Buffalo"134
9The Paper Trail154
10The Wet Collection165
11Ales Hrdlicka and the Great Brain Hunt174
12The Maidu Go to Washington187
13Lines of Descent200
14Ancestral Gatherings218
15Grizzly Bear's Hiding Place231
16The Sacred Fire249
17Dersch Meadow267
Epilogue: Vera's Party287

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