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Naiomi Alderman described the book as follows in the Guardian Newspaper;
"On 29 August 1911, a 50-year-old man, a member of the Yahi group of the Native American Yana people, walked out of the forest near Oroville, California, and was captured by the local sheriff. He was known at the time and popularised in the press as “the last wild Indian”.

He called himself “Ishi” – a word in the Yahi language that means simply “man”. He was the very last of his people, and had been living in the wilderness alone, travelling to places he remembered from the time when his tribe had flourished, in the hope of finding some remnant of those he’d grown up with. When he realised they were truly all gone, when a series of forest fires meant he was close to starvation, he allowed himself to be found and taken in.

Knowing that he was the last surviving Yahi, Ishi was desperate to communicate some of the culture that would be entirely lost when he was gone. He ended up living with the director of the museum of anthropology at the University of California, Alfred Kroeber. He taught Kroeber as much as he could: demonstrated the skills of flint-knapping, explained his language, told the stories of his people one last time so they could be written down and preserved. He was particularly fond of children, Kroeber recorded. Ishi died in 1916, of tuberculosis. After his death, Alfred’s wife, Theodora, wrote a remarkable book about him, Ishi in Two Worlds, which relays as much of the Yahi culture as the anthropologists were able to record, and talks about Ishi’s own accounts of his life. To read it is to touch an intricate and beautiful civilisation that is now entirely gone, a place that can only be momentarily resurrected by an imaginative act, as unreachable as an alien world.

17 editions First published in 1961

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Ishi in two worlds: a biography of the last wild Indian in North America
2004, University of California Press
in English - Deluxe illustrated ed.
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Ishi: Hoku-Bei saigo no yasei Indian
1991, Iwanami Shoten
in Japanese
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Ishi In Two Worlds: A Biography Of The Last Wild Indian In North America
January 1, 1990, Books on Tape, Inc.
Audio cassette
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Ishi in two Worlds.
1987, Cresset Library
in English
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Ishi in two worlds
1987, Cresset Library
in English
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Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America
October 1978, Univ of California Pr
Paperback in English - De Luxe Ed edition
Cover of: Ishi człowiek dwóch światów / c Teodora Kroeber ; z przedmową Lewisa Gannetta, przełożyła Janina Mroczkowska.
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Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America
February 1, 1964, University of California Press
Paperback in English - 1st paper-bound edition edition
Cover of: Ishi in two worlds
Ishi in two worlds: a biography of the last wild Indian in North America
1964, University of California Press
in English - 1st paper-bound ed.
Cover of: Ishi in two worlds
Cover of: Ishi in two worlds
Ishi in two worlds: a biography of the last wild Indian in North America
1961, University of California Press
in English - 1st paper-bound ed.
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Cover of: Ishi in two worlds
Ishi in two worlds: a biography of the last wild Indian in NorthAmerica.
1961, University of California Press, Cambridge University Press
in English
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Ishi in Two Worlds
January 1961, Books on Tape
Audio cassette in English

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