Ishi, the Last Yahi NR

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Ishi, the Last Yahi is a new dramatic documentary film about Ishi, who came to be known as the "last wild Indian in North America."

Starring:
Rayna Green, Linda Hunt
Runtime:
57 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Jed Riffe, Pamela Roberts
Starring Rayna Green, Linda Hunt
Studio Jed Riffe and Rattlesnake Productions, Inc
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Ishi, the Last Yahi is a powerful dramatic documentary that gave me a new understanding and appreciation for the American Indian struggle to maintain their traditional ways in spite of genocidal policys of the federal and state gov. Ishi inspires us by making the amazing transition from aboriginal America into the twentieth century without losing his own sense of self.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anthro Prof on May 1, 2007
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I mostly use this film in teaching introductory anthropology because it does several things well. First, it provides comprehensive coverage of a story about an individual who lived through some of the horrible things that happened to California natives. That works well at putting a human face on historic events. In addition, it does a good job of weaving in the story of the early days of anthropology in this country through Ishi's relationship with Alfred Kroeber. Along the way, implicit questions are raised about the sorts of ethical dilemmas faced by Kroeber. Finally, the historic photographs and recordings are well utilized. Visually, the film is well made and elicits sympathy for Ishi while also documenting his resilience and strength of character. That makes him a real three-dimensional being, as opposed to a mere stereotypical victim. One comes away with a real appreciation for who he was, in all his complexity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas C. Poser on October 17, 2008
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This is a wonderful documentary, narrated by Linda Hunt. I, having read 'Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America' by Theodora Kroeber (1897 - 1979), was greatly impressed by it. It perfectly captures this remarkable man, of such courage, kindness, talent, and greatness of simplicity, who died long before he should have, at a time, just, when the necessary work could be done on someone like him, where racism, ignorance, and intolerance, truly, began to have enemies. The film is scattered with audio of the many early audio recordings Ishi singing and telling stories - I sure hope that the tape that they were transfered onto, in 1957, has had deservingly, lovingly-digitally remastered copies made of it, so that all may hear the voice of this great man, from so long ago.

One thing that struck me, since I saw the opening portion on YouTube, is that it is filmed on film that looks as though it is from the late '70's, not 1992. Despite this, it is a fantastic film, that is a great source for any Ishi enthusiast, or humanities teacher. I sometimes say to myself, when I am sad, or when someone I care about leaves, Ishi's good-bye, which is the final line of his biography by Theodora Kroeber - 'You stay. I go.'
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Neinstein on December 28, 2008
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A beautiful documentary based on the true and incredibly sad story of the last "wild" Indian in North America. Ishi was a wise, gentle soul, and his story is heart-breaking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quiche on September 10, 2012
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The film covers the experiences of Anthropologist Kroeber in his relationship to Ishi. It is a very moving film, and an excellent documentary. It covers not only the history of Ishi but also what happened to his people, who were driven into almost total extinction. I highly recommend for an Anthropology class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C M on May 31, 2011
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Ishi's story is one of the most remarkable and unforgettable personal stories in history. The documentary is fascinating and deeply moving. Also highly recommended is the book Ishi in Two Worlds by Theodora Kroeber.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Bryant on December 5, 2012
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Was hoping for more authenticity in narration. It seems that the tone of Ishi's voice conveys more truth. The sound track leaves room for improvement in narration.
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This is a powerful documentary on the last Yahi, named Ishi who was discovered almost hundred years ago in California. How the modern educated and civilized westerners mixed with him in speeding him up on the culture and customs. This film showed that Ishi went back to his home base in search of the family spirits after many massacres. He showed modern people how to make bow and arrows in his survival skills in making forks to catch fish on river and stream.

He was however the last known Yahi in Turtle Island. This well made documentary gives a lesson on Native Americans and Anglo-American.
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