Study and discussion questions for
What is it about Orin Starn’s own life that led him to Ishi?
What does Starn mean when he writes: “It was perhaps inevitable that the retribalization of
California would lead back to Ishi….?” (pg27)
What was Ishi’s experience once he wandered into Oroville in 1911?
What does this tell us about the Yahi?
What does this tell us about anthropology in the early 20
What intellectual influences informed Alfred Kroeber’s anthropology and how did this affect his
approach to Ishi?