Orin Starn – Who was Ishi?

Posted on March 9th, 2004 in American History by Barry

Ishi’s Brain: In Search of the Last ‘Wild’ Indian

In 1911, Ishi, the last Stone Age Indian, walked into the community of Oroville, CA, opening an anthropologic window into the lives of native Californians. In this edition of Radio Curious, we visit with Orin Starn, an anthropologist at Duke University in North Carolina and the author of “Ishi’s Brain: In Search of the Last ‘Wild’ Indian.”

Orin Starn recommends “When the Spirit Catches You, You Fall Down,” by Ann Fadiman.

Originally Broadcast: March 9, 2004

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  1. on January 3rd, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    […] Debra Krol recommends two books: “Ishi’s Brain,” by Orin Starn, and “Indians, Merchants and Missionaries: The legacy of Colonial Encounters on the California Frontiers”, by Kent G. Lightfoot. Our interview with Orin Starn may be found here. […]

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