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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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|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 Ishi||11|
|1||A "Compromise Between Science and Sentiment"||23|
|2||The Wild Man of Deer Creek||32|
|3||Ishi, Alfred, and Theodora||49|
|6||The Destruction of the Yahi||97|
|8||"Dr. Kroeber's Pet Buffalo"||134|
|9||The Paper Trail||154|
|10||The Wet Collection||165|
|11||Ales Hrdlicka and the Great Brain Hunt||174|
|12||The Maidu Go to Washington||187|
|13||Lines of Descent||200|
|15||Grizzly Bear's Hiding Place||231|
|16||The Sacred Fire||249|
|Epilogue: Vera's Party||287|