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Ishi Was Truely a Native Californian Who Loved His Land and Yahi Tribe

Society & Culture  (tags: Native Americans, California, history, anthropology )

- 3892 days ago -
Sadly, the Yahi who came to be known as Ishi went to Oroville to die. White men had killed all his relatives. He had no reason to expect a different fate. He was a deeply lonely man in mourning who knew there were no others like him anywhere.

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Elsa ED (231)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 7:29 pm
I have to wonder what lessons his people could have taught us. It's so sad the White mans way was to kill every one they deemed less then themselves, when in fact it seems this mans people were very creative and extremely good at survival. A lost race of people is an awful thing. The white man should be ashamed of their deeds. His whole tribe exterminated and for what? Greed, land, power. Seems things have not changed so much have they?

Jaclin S (230)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 8:12 pm
I am with you totally Elsie well said.
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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday August 27, 2007, 7:51 am
When our civilization crashes when the oil, coal and gas runs out and the Industrial Revolution is undone, small bands of Native Peoples, if they survive, will teach those left how to live sustainably off the land. This takes considerable skill and knowledge, obtained over many generations in a particular area.

Ishi's group suffered a devastating blow when white men came across their home, when they were in hiding; and the white men STOLE all their tools and winter clothing to give to collectors and museums, without any conscience at all that these were things NEEDED AND IRREPLACEABLE by human beings for SURVIVAL. Many of the group died not just from being killed by hunters -- after a while, that stopped -- but from lack of food and lack of warmth because their WINTER ROBES AND HUNTING EQUIPMENT HAD BEEN STOLEN TO GIVE TO A MUSEUM. The children and old people would have died first.
This was not even grave-robbing; and those who took the equipment felt ENTITLED to do so; oh boy, what a neat find for the museum! That was ALL it meant to the white people.
In the dead of winter, you can't just go out and "hunt and gather" sufficient food with your bare hands. Or sew clothing without needles, knives, sinew thread and awls. How do you catch the animals to skin? How do you go out to catch them in winter, without clothing?
It so bothers me, that these were not vicious "Indian exterminators"; but COLLECTORS long after "Indian extermination" was a dead issue; who JUST DID NOT CARE.
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