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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Ishi, the last Yahi: Dealing with America

This paper will explore the life of Ishi, the last “wild” Yahi Native American in California. Native Americans inhabited this land long before white men came here. Despite their prior inhabitance of the area, Native Americans were unable to fend off the settlement. Many people believed that Ishi, the last “wild” Yahi Native American, was given the kind of opportunity that most other Native Americans were not fortunate enough to have. The people around Ishi tried to civilize him into the ways of white men. Yet I question, was Ishi really fortunate? Was becoming a part of the white man’s civilization what he wanted? I would dare to question some scholars’ beliefs. This paper will further discuss Ishi’s life, the application of negative stereotypes, and the ramifications of his existence among the white men.

Presenter: Hollee Schwingel (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 11:05 am (Session II)