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"A many-faceted volume which supplements the earlier works and provides a solid nugget of original materials about a series of historical events and a fascinating person."--"Choice

About the Author

Robert Fleming Heizer (July 13, 1915 – July 18, 1979) was an archaeologist who conducted extensive fieldwork and reporting in California, the Southwestern United States, and the Great Basin.
 
Theodora Kracaw Kroeber Quinn (March 24, 1897 – July 4, 1979) was a writer and anthropologist, best known for her accounts of Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe of California, and for her retelling of traditional narratives from several Native Californian cultures.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Revised ed. edition (May 5, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520043669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520043664
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is pretty much along the same lines as "Ishi in Two Worlds." I would recommend both books for a better perspective of Ishi. An interesting thing about this book is that it starts off with an account of a white man starving in the woods. In his journal, he goes into great detail of how he plans to hunt down and kill an Indian to eat. The story is very disturbing and demented. "...Oh if I can only take him! then I will have one hearty meal! My mouth fairly watered for a piece of an Indian to broil..." The man later tracks down the Indian and tries to comunicate but the Indian does not speak his tongue. The white man jestures to the Indian that he is hungry but the Indian says he has no food. As the Indian turns his back and begins to walk away, the man takes aim with his Rifle. As he is about to shoot, he hesitates. "He could not bare to shoot the poor wretch in the back."

In the following section of the book is a series of letters to the U.S. Government requesting troops as well as battle plans for the extermanation of the Yana Indians.

The book carries on all the way to the end when Ishi passes away...

A must Read for all "Americans!"
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My boyfriend loves reading Indian history. Purchased for his reading enjoyment while he exercises on his bike. relaxing and learning time.
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i knew something about this. this book gave more information than i hadn't known. Though,this movie made from it was very poor.
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Extra special, thank you, :)
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