Carefully researched, the book's audience is for the general public as well as Ishi aficionados. If you have never taken the time to read about the famous California Indian, Ishi, who lived essentially an aboriginal existence and was in hiding from the time he was born in about 1854 to 1908, in the foothills of northeastern California, I invite you to explore this opportunity. What was this man's past? And what will be his future?
The 1908 setting of the story is on Upper Deer Creek, and the Yahi's last camp is discovered, ransacked, and Ishi's band dispersed. Will Ishi find his sister and Elder Uncle again? Upon the death of Ishi's mother, Ishi finds himself alone, the last speaker of his culture. Will he find allies with whom he can build a new life?
Ishi apparently finds other fugitive Indians hiding in the canyons who seek his help to cure their group members who have been recently poisoned by a man named Graham? When Ishi has too many of his patients die, according to the Old Ways, he is banished or he will be killed.
What happens to Ishi when arrested and put in the "Big House," the Butte County jail in Oroville?
We flashback when Ishi departs by WP train from Oroville for San Francisco, to the circumstances of Ishi's birth. What were the Yahi/Yana's origins and cultural ways in pre-contact California? Who were Ishi's mother and father?
The book is 304 pages, 12 maps, and over 300 photos/drawings
Availability: April 29, 2011 at Ishi Gathering and Seminar in Oroville
& from Lyon Books in Chico/May 25, 2011 at 7 PM Book signing.
October 28-29, 2011 at California Indian Conference (Chico)