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American Experience; Ishi, the Last Yahi Indian

11/19/1993


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Series
American Experience
Program
Ishi, the Last Yahi Indian
Program Number

605

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

This film tells the story of Ishi--the last surviving member of a small Native American tribe called the Yahi. Ishi's sudden appearance in 1911 stunned the country; the Yahi had long been considered extinct. The press relentlessly hyped him as "the last wild Indian," and the San Francisco Museum built a Yahi house where audiences could watch Ishi make arrowheads and shoot with his bow. Ishi was the last of a people destroyed under an official government policy that for years rewarded white men for hunting Indians. Actress Linda Hunt narrates.

Duration

00:56:37

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; Ishi, the Last Yahi Indian,” 11/19/1993, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1282CE6326EB481DA545936716182BE3.
MLA: “American Experience; Ishi, the Last Yahi Indian.” 11/19/1993. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1282CE6326EB481DA545936716182BE3>.
APA: American Experience; Ishi, the Last Yahi Indian. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1282CE6326EB481DA545936716182BE3
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