Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America

Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America

by Douglas Cazaux Sackman

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Overview

When Ishi, "the last wild Indian," came out of hiding in August 1911, he was quickly whisked away by train to San Francisco to meet Alfred Kroeber, one of the fathers of American anthropology. When Kroeber and Ishi came face to face, it was a momentous event, not only for each man but also for the cultures they represented. Each stood on the brink—one was in danger of losing something vital while the other was in danger of disappearing altogether.

Ishi was a survivor, and he viewed the bright lights of the big city with a mixture of awe and bemusement. What surprised everyone is how handily he adapted himself to the modern city while maintaining his sense of self and his culture. Kroeber was professionally trained to document Ishi's culture and his civilization. What he didn't count on was how deeply working with the man would lead him to question his own profession and his civilization—how it would rekindle a wildness of his own. Although Ishi's story has been told before in film and fiction, Wild Men is the first book to focus on the depth of Ishi and Kroeber's friendship. Exploring what their intertwined stories tell us about Indian survival in modern America and about America's fascination with the wild, this text is an ideal supplement for courses on Native American history, the U.S. West, and the history of California.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195178531
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/10/2010
Series: New Narratives in American History Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Douglas Cazaux Sackman is Professor of History at the University of Puget Sound. He is the author of Orange Empire: California and the Fruits of Eden (2005) and the editor of A Companion to American Environmental History (2010).

Table of Contents

Prologue: One Small Step
1. The Yahi in Three Worlds
2. The Anthropologist in Three Worlds
3. "Worlds of Stuff"
4. Making Tracks
5. City Lights
6. Nature Walks in the City and the Sierras
7. The Call of the Wild
8. Death Mask
Epilogue: The Hearth of Prometheus and the Wilderness of Ishi
Prologue: One Small Step
1. The Yahi in Three Worlds
2. The Anthropologist in Three Worlds
3. "Worlds of Stuff"
4. Making Tracks
5. City Lights
6. Nature Walks in the City and the Sierras
7. The Call of the Wild
8. Death Mask
Epilogue: The Hearth of Prometheus and the Wilderness of Ishi

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Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Excellent and overly sad story about the very end of a culture...
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